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

Benedict XVI wrote in June to Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X, telling him that SSPX members must “truly accept the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar Magisterium“, an SSPX bishop has claimed.

Indian Bishop Felix Machado has urged Catholics upset by the new Bollywood film Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal not “to follow the path of violent protests”.

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article by Coptic expert Alberto Camplani casting doubt on claims that a newly discovered papyrus proves that Jesus married (full text).

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Pope Benedict said that “spiritual and athletic excellence are closely related” during an audience with experts in sports medicine yesterday (video).

Joseph Trabbic summarises the conclusions of a major debate on what complying with the Obama administration’s contraception mandate means for American Catholics.

Fr George William Rutler argues that the “Prayer of St Francis” expresses “a semi-Pelagian heresy unworthy of the theological acuity of the saint of Assisi”.

And Jack Thornton suggests that the gritty television series Breaking Bad illuminates Catholic teaching about sin.

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