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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/11/12

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

By on Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Fr Roy Bourgeois at a demonstration in Washington in 2007 (CNS)

Fr Roy Bourgeois at a demonstration in Washington in 2007 (CNS)

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois, a peace activist and advocate of women priests, from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

A court in Pakistan has rejected a blasphemy case against Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager with learning disabilities accused of burning pages from the Koran.

The new Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has said he hopes to enjoy “relations full of respect, love, compassion and peace” with Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

A revised statue of Blessed John Paul II was unveiled in Rome yesterday after the original design was mocked for bearing little resemblance to the late pope.

Phil Lawler investigates why “it’s open season on Catholicism” in Ireland and Australia.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says he worries that, following this month’s presidential election, America is heading towards a “dictatorship of the self“.

And Fr Robert Barron argues that the Second Vatican Council led Catholics to develop an unhealthy obsession with meetings.

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

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘Open season on Catholicism’
     Yes its a bit like looney tunes wabbit season, duck season, wabbit season.And just as sane.

  • teigitur

    Its Quite correct that Fr Bourgeois has been dismissed, given his record of anti-Church actions. There are a few more that should follow, and a host of “sisters” particularly in America.( I do wish you would stop pasting from that awful rag the “catholic” Reporter, Mr Coppen.

  • Mary O’Regan

    Great range of stories! Thanks, Luke!  Everyday, this page always orientates me, within seconds, I have an idea of what’s happening in the Catholic world.

  • Interested Guest

    Nothing about the Synod vote on women bishops?  How narrow a world view do we have here?