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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/05/13

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

By on Friday, 24 May 2013

Pope Francis greets the Italian bishops in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis greets the Italian bishops in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pastors must be careful not to become mere functionaries, Pope Francis told the Italian bishops yesterday (full video).

The Pope has confirmed Cardinal Agostino Vallini as Vicar of Rome.

The US government’s drone policies “seem to violate the law of war, international human rights law and moral norms“, the US bishops’ conference has said.

The Christian Brothers in North America have settled a $16.5m (£11m, €13m) lawsuit with more than 400 abuse victims.

A Nigerian bishop was forced to hold his installation ceremony outside his diocese this week following tribal tensions.

Filip Mazurczak profiles Don Pino Puglisi, who will become the first “martyr of the mafia” to be beatified on May 25.

And David Zahl reflects on the theology of American Catholic satirist Stephen Colbert.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    ‘A Nigerian bishop was forced to hold his installation ceremony outside his diocese this week following tribal tensions.’

    Was he being fitted into the Episcopal Seat like a kitchen cabinet or a gas pipe? No, he was enthroned as ruling bishop – exactly like other bishops whether of Anglican or Coptic or whatever custom! Obfuscation woven into media language and used in order to deceive is tantamount to lying .. the intention being to lead others (and oneself) into error; it is not Christian humility, but a politically corrected view of niceness.

    Popes are not inaugurated like some pagan priesthood or imperial monarch, even though they are truly the sole Supreme and Sovereign Pontiff at Rome – only a mediating mind, filtered through political correctness, rips open the entrails of some poor beast to fulfil an augurs office. Bishops, even of Rome, are not installed as if mere inanimate supports to an existing convenience; they are led up to and seated upon the awesome Teaching Chair of their office in witness to Christ: they are enthroned – being those allotted to rule. And priests are not employed to fill a mere job like guardians in social work ministries, they are ordained as part of a royal and priestly people to be a father in the gospel to their charges; apostles, not hirelings – a divine allocation never a worldly appointment.