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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/09/12

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

By on Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Vatican's 'foreign minister' Archbishop Dominique Mamberti (AP Photo)

The Vatican's 'foreign minister' Archbishop Dominique Mamberti (AP Photo)

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, has told the United Nations that international law must be grounded in natural law (speech extracts, video).

Authorities in the Philippines are investigating claims that a monsignor is involved in the country’s illegal ivory trade.

Barack Obama’s lead among American Catholic voters in November’s presidential election has increased, a new poll suggests.

The Vatican’s Courtyard of the Gentiles project is expanding to Italy, Portugal and Mexico following successful events in Spain, Sweden and France (video).

Pope Benedict listened with “delight” to a performance of an oratorio about St Augustine of Hippo by contemporary German composer Wilfried Hiller last night.

Inge Loots says the German bishops should have explained the reasons for their recent statement on “church tax” more clearly.

And the South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has announced that he will give wristbands imprinted with a fish symbol and the words “Credo Domine” to his flock to mark the Year of Faith.

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘That every man who’s born alive,
    Is either a little Liberal,
    Or else a little Conservative,
    Far La La
     Does a person who has deregistered as a Catholic in order to avoid tax ie by civil statute, oblige the CC to then deregister itself from the obligation it has to the pastoral care of that person?
     Is the CC a finger puppet of the state or does it have its own higher obligations in its divinely inspired mission?
     Does the CC abide by its own Canon Law?
    The more explaining is done the worse it all gets.

  • Patrick_Hadley

    Thank you for the link to the encouraging news that Obama’s support from Catholics has surged since the summer. The National Catholic Reporter gives a more detailed story http://ncronline.org/news/politics/poll-obama-surges-ahead-among-catholic-voters

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    Obama is the candidate of death, and he only has some votes among “Catholics” because these “Catholics” don’t even frequent Mass.
    Among Catholics who actually go to Mass, Romney is leading.