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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/01/13

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

By on Thursday, 24 January 2013

The late Cardinal Jozef Glemp (CNS photo from Reuters)

The late Cardinal Jozef Glemp (CNS photo from Reuters)

Cardinal Józef Glemp, Polish primate from 1981 to 2009, has died aged 83.

A Scottish Catholic adoption agency may lose its charitable status if it fails to place children with same-sex couples, following a complaint from the National Secular Society.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi has written an open letter to “friends of the elephants”, saying the Church supports their fight against the ivory trade.

Pilgrims attending World Youth Day in Rio in July will receive a “bioethics survival kit”, according to Catholic World Report.

A new social network aimed at Catholics, called Awestruck, has gone live (video).

Thomas McDonald says the Pope App, released yesterday by the Vatican, is “a nice piece of work“.

Harry Mount praises Pope Benedict for recognising that “Latin is uniquely suited to tweeting“.

And Rick Chandler says that a viral video of Blessed John Paul II swinging a baseball bat is fake.

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

  • teigitur

    The secular society have proven, once again that their agenda( to eradicate faith from the country), comes before the welfare of children.

  • scary goat

     Yes.  Well done Secular Society! Who cares if lots of needy children lose their services as long as you get what you want! 

  • OldMeena

    Although it would be a decision by the Catholic adoption agency to close itself down (rather than deal with the few applications from same sex couples).

    Yes, I know: a total waste of time pointing this out. You have made the welfare of some disadvantaged children a fundamentalist football.  Shame on you.

  • andHarry

     ‘Yes, I know: a total waste of time pointing this out. You have made the
    welfare of some disadvantaged children a fundamentalist football.  Shame
    on you.’

    Indeed. The disadvantaged children will be those placed with Progenitor 1 and Progenitor 2 rather than ‘father and mother’.

  • OldMeena

    No, that is not so.

    MOST of the children (already disadvantaged) placed by the Catholic Adoption Agency would have gone to the much more common home with  female mother and male father figures (who would soon be called “Mum” and “Dad” by the children).

    Children such as these will not now always be helped. 
    Their welfare has been ignored by the Catholic Agency in its keenness to make a dogmatic point.

    Can anyone really think that the God in whom they believe will smile on this?