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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/01/13

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

By on Monday, 7 January 2013

The four archbishop-designates lie prostrate during Mass at St Peter's (AP)

The four archbishop-designates lie prostrate during Mass at St Peter's (AP)

Bishops must resist “intolerant” agnosticism, Benedict XVI said as he ordained four archbishops, including his personal secretary, on the feast of the Epiphany yesterday (full text, video).

French president François Hollande has defended a minister who said Catholic schools should be neutral on same-marriage marriage, ahead of a mass rally against the legalisation of gay marriage on January 13.

Catholics Come Home, the American organisation that has brought thousands back to the practise of the faith, has launched a redesigned website (video).

John Allen names the five least well-reported Vatican stories of the past year.

Christopher Howse explains why the new service book of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham contains verse by TS Eliot.

Joan Acocella of the New Yorker hails the saint who “often would dance, weep, make animal sounds, strip to his underwear or play the zither“.

And Emily Hurt argues that Christmas isn’t over yet.

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

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VIABFETGEKZXUUND5RRE6QCBXI adamson

     French President defends minister who said Catholic schools should remain neutral on same sex marriage. How can anyone remain neutral when the Franch government is about to redefine marriage. The new definition may be legal but it will not be logical.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004949048434 John Fisher

    No person who remains neutral about so called “same sex marriage” (an oxymoron) can legitimately claim Christian belief. The two are inexorably opposed and to continue to try and do so is to engage in hypocrisy and lies.

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘intolerant agnosticism ‘  This certainly stirred up a hornets nest of intolerance on Yahoo. All one liners, no debate.
     For Yahoo it may be better to get the Vatican Communications to also do a piece for a target audience of Yahoo users.Tough call but worth it.