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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/10/12

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

By on Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Pope Paul VI presides over a session of the Second Vatican Council in 1963 (CNS)

Pope Paul VI presides over a session of the Second Vatican Council in 1963 (CNS)

Pope Paul VI could be beatified in 2013 if members of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints signal their approval at a crucial meeting on December 11.

Chad has expelled the Italian-born Bishop Michele Russo after he criticised ties between politicians and the oil industry.

Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs has said that US vice-president Joe Biden “ought not to be receiving Communion” because of his support for abortion (transcript).

Philippa Hitchen is puzzled why “a four-year-old, fear-mongering presentation of statistics attempting to show how Islam is conquering Europe” was screened at the synod of bishops.

Stacy Trasancos wonders why Catholics are praising the work of Dr Shinya Yamanaka, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on stem cells last week.

Alexander Stille, a journalism professor at Columbia University, argues that the trial of Paolo Gabriele did nothing to improve transparency at the Vatican.

And Fr James Martin SJ urges Catholics to wear purple on Friday in solidarity with bullied gay and lesbian youth.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Jason Clifford

    It’s the 16th today not the 18th.

  • Nat_ons

    ‘“There will never be a Pius XIII”: to understand the meaning of Jean Guitton’s phrase, the radical “renewal” triggered in the Church by the Second Vatican Council needs to be taken further as the book “Il segreto dei papi” (“The Popes’ secret”) by Bernard Lecomte, currently editor in chief of Figaro magazine and former world affairs editor for La Croix  (San Paolo publishers, 250 pages, Euro 16).’ Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope John XXIII’s Prophesy. one needed a reminder of why the SSPX is necessary for the health of church catholic – and not a barking mad dog of a group obsessed with the good old days – it can be found, in ample measure, in Galeazzi’s woeful reading of Blessed John XXIII’s intentions, of the actual purpose of the Council Fathers, and the wholesale dismissal of the Holy Ghost for the Spirit of the Age ideology.

    Dear Lord God, preserve us from such opinion-leaders as Galeazzi! 

    We all have a long way to go yet, if the Second Vatican Council is to be rescued from confusion, woeful error and its ensuing downright heresies. One can only wonder if Benedict XVI realises that he has only scratched the surface of opposition to any hermeneutic of continuity in line with Sacred Tradition. As for whether His Excellency Msgr. Gerhard Mueller is willing – or ready and able – to tackle seriously the Age of Aquarius punters still pushing the ‘No More Pius XII’ stuff remains to be seen (I am still hopeful, but not  holding my breath).

    ‘A new era began with the approval of the constitution “Sacrosanctum Concilium” which reformed the liturgy in December 1963. The Church would no longer be the same again. Vatican II essentially marked a watershed moment which changed the face of the Church.’

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    America Magazine is awful.
    You shouldn’t link to it without warning readers.