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Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/03/13

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

By on Friday, 1 March 2013

The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict flies past St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The helicopter carrying Pope Benedict flies past St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The conclave is likely to begin no later than Monday March 11, reports John Allen.

A UK Supreme Court ruling yesterday on liability for clerical abuse could lead to a “big spike in compensation claims” against the Catholic Church, says the Guardian.

Three of Scotland’s eight dioceses are now awaiting bishops and further retirements are imminent, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.

American Bishop Robert Vasa has asked teachers in his Diocese of Santa Rosa to sign a contract affirming that they will uphold Church teaching.

Bookmaker Paddy Power is expecting to receive at least £4.6m (€5m, $7m) in bets on the next pope.

Evangelical Brian Stiller urges Protestants to consider “rejoining ‘Mother’ Rome” under the next pope.

And former Episcopalian priest Taylor Marshall explains how attending a Mass celebrated by Benedict XVI changed his life forever.

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

  • polycarped

    Perhaps – in light of the general principle coming from the wise words of +Davies and to demonstrate real faithfulness to the Church, especially at this time – the Catholic Herald could consider ceasing to provide links to the National ‘Catholic’ Reporter which, apart from the occasional useful pieces by John Allen (and even then…), is basically a heretical rag. Providing access to its anti-Catholic trash does little good for anyone. If you’re going to link to NCR then you may as well also start linking to another questionably-Catholic rag closer to home – and we wouldn’t want that.

  • Trish Allen

    I it is a shame thar our dear Pope had to retire from his office. I pray for him and our new Pope.May the Good Lord look after them both. Thankyou for your paper.Regards Trish.


    We are privileged to have a good Bishop in Scotland who is a shining light in these dark days.
    He demonstrates all the traditional biblical characteristics needed:

    He must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 
    8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 
    9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine .

    Some of those overweight Catholic clergy might be better to follow his lead rather than imposing their own wills on the faithful.