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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/05/13

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

By on Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Pope Francis arrives in a downpour for this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis arrives in a downpour for this morning's general audience (AP)

Pope Francis was drenched with rain as he arrived for his general audience this morning, which he dedicated to the mystery of the Church (video, full text).

The Pope recalled “a dark moment” in his spiritual life at Mass this morning.

The general chapter of the Legion of Christ will meet at the end of the year to elect new superiors and approve new constitutions.

New York archdiocese pays for health insurance that covers contraception and even abortion, the New York Times has reported.

Samuel Gregg considers whether Pope Francis is “a closet liberation theologian“.

Rorate Caeli investigates whether Pope Francis really rejected an appeal to overturn Summorum Pontificum.

And Simcha Fisher argues that it’s a good thing that Catholics rarely smile at Mass.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    ‘New York archdiocese pays for health insurance that covers contraception and even abortion, the New York Times has reported.’

    Hardly a surprise, that little NYT bombshell, I suspect! HE Timothy Cardinal Dolan is simply harvesting the tares sown amid the devastation left by decades of intentional neglect of the Faith .. by the hierarchy. Yet while he fiddles to the political mood-music, striking the occasional (and increasingly) discordant note, all around him (and others) the life of Catholic Faith has – quite literally – tumbled into ash, rubble and destruction: ‘as the number of Catholic hospitals in the city dwindled’ etc, etc, etc.

    ‘Bruce McIver, the president of the league (The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes) since 1991, said he recalled that some Catholic organizations had expressed concern about paying for the contraception benefits in the mid- to late 1990s. But in recent years, as the number of Catholic hospitals in the city dwindled, “they just kind of stopped, from my perspective, paying attention to this issue,” he said.

    Sarah Lipton-Lubet, an analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, which supports the contraception mandate, sees the matter differently. “I can’t begin to understand the argument that coverage that has been part of the plan for however many years is suddenly anathema,” she said.’ NYT, Archdiocese Pays …