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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 20/03/13

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

By on Wednesday, 20 March 2013

A priest holds an image of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Brazilian shrine (CNS)

A priest holds an image of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Brazilian shrine (CNS)

The Pope is likely to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his visit to Brazil in July (report in Portuguese).

Pope Francis’s book Sobre el cielo y la tierra (On Heaven and Earth) will be published in English in May.

The New York Times suggests that the future Pope argued that the Argentinian bishops should support same-sex civil unions during “a heated meeting”.

The Argentinian newspaper Clarín has launched an English-language section on Pope Francis.

John Thavis presents the highlights of the Pope’s ecumenical and inter-religious meeting this morning.

George Weigel shares what he discovered when he met the future Pope last year.

And agnostic Jake Wallis Simons explains why he loves Pope Francis.

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

  • NatOns

    ‘The New York Times suggests that the future Pope argued that the Argentinian bishops should support same-sex civil unionsduring “a heated meeting”.’

    God bless our Pope! This is not just some supposed mind-numbing Jesuitry, it is genuine Catholic teaching .. in practice. Strange as it may seem, the Catholic Church does not seek to add burdens to the soul – not even for men and women sexually attracted to the gender; and that was made plain even by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as Josef Cardinal Ratzinger. Prejudice against others can have no place in the orthodox Catholic teaching on human sexuality, the purity it requires in health and common good, and the divine purpose given to it as seen in moral reason; civil law must respect the person, dignity and security of the homosexual person, and granting the right to form civil associations – even personal arrangements – falls within this respect .. however, conflating that civil contract with the sacrament of marriage does not.

    “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.” Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, On The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 10; 1986 CE.