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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 27/02/13

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

By on Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

The Pope has named Archbishop Philip Tartaglia as the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh following Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s departure.

Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool this morning.

Atheist Brendan O’Neill argues that the media have subjected Cardinal Keith O’Brien to “a showtrial“.

Tracey Rowland says that “a future pope may well declare Benedict XVI a Doctor of the Church“.

Tim Stanley is shocked by comedian Ricky Gervais’s suggestion that those at Benedict XVI’s last general audience were “morons“.

Paul Kennedy says commentators should “be wary of condemning a Church of roughly a billion believers“.

And a new study claims to have found that “Catholic guilt” is a myth.

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

  • teigitur

    Oh dear . Not Tartaglia!!

  • Kevin

    Brendan O’Neill nails it for the most part, though his throwaway comment about the Inquisition is in the same category as those he condemns for misrepresenting the former Cardinal.

    In fact, ignorant cries of “Inquisition”, “Crusades” and “Bloody Mary” help foster the culture of prejudice in which individual Catholics end up lynched.

  • Nat_ons

    ‘Tracey Rowland says that “a future pope may well declare Benedict XVI a Doctor of the Church“’ 

    Quite so; and were it not so great a departure from previous form, the new pontiff would do well to ask His Holiness Benedict XVI to complete his review of the encyclical on Faith .. with the assurance that he, the new reigning sovereign bishop of Rome, would issue it under his own plenitude of power.

    Evading the difficulties of having a pope and pope emeritus ought not to be insurmountable – and Pope Benedict XVI is the man to show his successor who to leave the world and its media second guessing.

    Sadly, I suspect the new pontiff will have more than enough waiting in his in-tray to engage with the world – and its surfeit of nicety – let alone Vatican politics.