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Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/11/12

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

By on Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Cardinal Dolan gives the president's address at the bishops' plenary meeting (CNS)

Cardinal Dolan gives the president's address at the bishops' plenary meeting (CNS)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged the US bishops to consider re-instituting Friday abstinence on the opening day of their plenary meeting in Baltimore yesterday (full text, video from 3:00).

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has said the Church will co-operate with the royal commission into clerical abuse ordered by Australian prime minister Julia Gillard (PDF of bishops’ statement).

Benedict XVI will issue a fourth encyclical next year dedicated to faith, the Vatican confirmed yesterday.

The Zambian government has revoked a deportation order against a Rwandan priest who criticised the gulf between rich and poor in the country, following a protest from the Catholic Church.

Kathy Schiffer says that a landmark meeting between American bishops and Catholic bloggers “was a blast“.

Fr Thomas Reece argues that “the US Catholic bishops took a beating at the polls” last week.

And the Mail Online captures the surreal sight of tourists swimming outside St Mark’s Basilica after high tides and heavy rain swamped Venice.

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

  • Neil Addison

    Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has said the Church will co-operate with the royal commission into clerical abuse ordered by Australian prime minister Julia Gillard (PDF of bishops’ statement).

    It is actually a proposed Royal Commission into Child Abuse across all organisations not just the Church which is sensible.  As we are seeing with regard to allegations involving the BBC, North Wales, Rochdale the problem is not one restricted to the Catholic Church

  • Sfdsf

    The Daily Mail again! You know there are other newspapers in the UK. Ones that aren’t racist and bigoted. Quite why links to this publication keep appearing on a catholic website is beyond me. It really is out of place. They peddle hate; we are supposed to promote love.

  • Cestius

    It is amazing how many people did seem to believe that it was a problem solely of the church, not helped by the anti-Catholic bias and prejudice of many in the media.  They seemed to be genuinely shocked at the revelations at the BBC and now there seems to be a panic that it might have been happening everywhere right under their noses.  Yet anyone with any understanding of the problem could have told them that.

  • Lewispbuckingham

     Good point, this royal commission is supposedly having terms of reference that includes investigating state schools as well as the ABC, state run orphanages, and the files of DOCS, which will reveal a lot .
     We always in Australia hear of the sins of the Fathers, but others in our community don’t seem to fess up as much when evidence is brought.Investigative journalism stops at the door of the Catholic Church.
     Politically this is the ‘gift that keeps giving ‘ for the government.
    The opposition leader is an ex seminarian, practicing Catholic and potential prime minister.
    The campaign links his student life, recent criminal behavior in his old uni college,the CC and pedophilia, the CC and its ‘attitude to women’s contraceptive rights’ and anything else. Today its ‘urban aboriginals’
     Nothing particular is said but it only remains for people to connect the dots.
     The delay in the royal commission will mean it is firing right at election time.