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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/01/13

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

By on Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Vietnamese Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (AP)

Vietnamese Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (AP)

Benedict XVI will receive Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party, in a ground-breaking audience today (video).

Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired Archbishop of Los Angeles, has apologised after new documents showed that he and a senior priest discussed how to conceal child abuse from police (full documents).

The Rev Martin Junge, secretary of the International Lutheran Federation, has said that the creation of an ordinariate for groups of former Lutherans would have “serious ecumenical repercussions”.

On the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston says the pro-life movement is “not about crushing the enemy, but reaching out to people“.

The Guardian claims it has revealed “the fascist origins of the papacy’s wealth“.

Phil Lawler is disappointed by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi’s intervention in the American gun control debate.

And Pope Benedict blessed a lamb yesterday in a traditional ceremony on the feast of St Agnes (video).

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

  • scary goat

    Oh my goodness Mr. Coppen!  Just wait till Mr. Oddie sees this.  You’ll be in trouble for linking up to “media witch hunts” involving Cardinals! Lollums….as my teen daughter would say.

  • Lewispbuckingham

    It really pains me to read Phil Lawler’s piece. One would get the impression from his comments that such an announcement in such vague terms would be capturing headlines and gripping the imagination of the peoples of the Nation of the United States, to the detriment of the abortion debate.
    Far from it.Other more immediate leaders in the US are doing the running on abortion.
    What is heartening is that the Vatican statement supports all those in the world that want to disarm the common people.
    Not long ago a colleague of mine in the import industry opened a shipping container from the US.
     On board was a flamethrower, grenades and heavy automatic weapons.
    The importer did not seem to think this was in anyway extraordinary. He was jailed.
     We in Australia think it is extraordinary to bear weapons of such destruction.
    The Vatican is clearly on the right side of the rights debate.They are the good guys.
    Even if it takes another century or so to amend the US constitution, Vatican moves may help slow down US arms exports to other countries.

  • Emerson_C

    The Guardian piece on the “fascist origins of the papacy’s wealth” is truly mendacious.  For example it claims that Mussolini gave the papacy the money in exchange for recognition of the fascist regime.  This is incorrect.  The money exchange was part of the Lateral Pacts, which recognised the sovereignity of the Vatican City State ans was compensation of the loss and plunder of the Papal States in 1870.  The pope in return accepted the loss and recognised the legitimacy of Italy as a state not specifically the fascist state.  Trust the Guardian!!!