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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/13

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

By on Thursday, 17 January 2013

A Coptic pilgrim holds a candle at Mar Girgis Monastery, near Luxor (AP)

A Coptic pilgrim holds a candle at Mar Girgis Monastery, near Luxor (AP)

An Egyptian court has sentenced a family to 15 years in jail for converting from Islam to Christianity.

A court in Poland has rejected calls to remove a crucifix from the debating chamber of the country’s parliament.

A former Taiwanese ambassador to the Holy See has said that the Vatican is unlikely to establish diplomatic relations with China.

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing to issue a booklet urging priests to review the way they celebrate Mass.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, tells Vatican Radio that “Christian faith without the search for unity is not Christian faith“.

James Hall argues that “pitiless popes, bankers and cardinals” killed the High Renaissance painter Raphael.

And Michael Sean Winters explains why “a Catholic university is different from a Taco Bell”.

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

  • Nat_ons

    ‘The cardinal criticized the effort to make the Mass “entertaining” with certain songs — instead of focusing on the mystery — in an attempt to overcome “boredom” by transforming the Mass into a show.He added that the Council did not speak of the priest celebrating Mass facing the people, that it stressed the importance of Christ on the altar, reflected in Benedict XVI’s celebration of the Mass in the Sistine Chapel facing the altar.’

    The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship is preparing to issue a booklet urging priests to review the way they celebrate Mass.

    I wish them well. If past practice is anything to go by, this will be just as much a dead letter as previous efforts to have priests offer Holy Mass as the Council Fathers envisioned and as Benedict XVI witnesses (despite all the foot-dragging obduracy of the bishops and clergy and liturgists). Avoiding the egregious errors of tradition-by-whim or D-I-Y liturgy expertise is a minefield still, so trying to persuade many priests to abandon their “Now” centred faux-folksy deconstructed services – to once again focus on God our Father, Christ’s once-for-all Sacrifice, and our humbled participation it his divine gift is as forelorn a hope as expecting that traditionism halted at Pius V Pius X, Pius XII or John XXIII may readily admit Sacred Tradition is the Living Faith (not a set of irreformable ideas) .. although I hope (and pray) my fears prove wrong.