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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/09/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Paolo Gabriele will appear before Vatican judges, above, later this month (AP)

Paolo Gabriele will appear before Vatican judges, above, later this month (AP)

The trial of papal butler Paolo Gabriele will begin on September 29, the Vatican announced yesterday (video).

The penalty imposed on Mgr William Lynn for child endangerment “seems wrong“, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has told John Allen.

Bertrand Delanoe, the mayor of Paris, has accused Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon of “flipping his lid” after he said same-sex marriage would lead to the acceptance of polygamy and incest.

Statistics blog Nineteen Sixty-four suggests that the battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for the American “Catholic vote” is too close to call.

Joshua Genig says that during his visit to Lebanon Pope Benedict “urged those gathered for the youth rally to be children again“.

Ian Rutherford urges the Vatican to learn about web design from the Mormon church.

And US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has revealed that he was once “going to be a priest“.

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