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Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/06/13

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

By on Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Pope prays at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII yesterday evening (AP)

The Pope prays at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII yesterday evening (AP)

John XXIII was a model of peace and obedience, Pope Francis said at a gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of the Blessed’s death yesterday (full text, video).

Irish Catholics must “stand with the Lord of life and promote his Gospel of life in our society“, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, has said.

The “world’s poorest president” had an usual audience with Pope Francis yesterday (video).

Tom Hoopes recalls what it was like to be a parishioner of the late Fr Andrew Greeley.

Blogger Mark Shea offers a startling mea culpa.

Lesbian Eve Tushnet explains why she is not leaving the Catholic Church over same-sex marriage.

And the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate presents research suggesting that playing computer games makes you more likely to miss Mass (table).

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

  • NatOns

    “Lesbian Eve Tushnet explains why she is not leaving the Catholic Church over same-sex marriage.”

    In this she is not alone, may God be praised – much the surprise and anger of libertines, ill-liberal liberalists, Modernist Catholics, the flesh, and ruler of this world.

    “There are times when my relationship with the Catholic Church feels a lot like Margaret Atwood’s ferocious little poem,

    You fit into me
    like a hook into an eye

    a fish hook
    an open eye

    And I’ve met many other gay or queer or same-sex attracted Christians, in all flavors of Christianity. I have several friends in same-sex marriages now, including one who had an Episcopalian church wedding with all the trimmings. I also have many friends who, like me, are trying to live in accordance with the historical Christian teaching on chastity, including its prohibition on sex between men or between women.”

    What so many Christians have forgotten .. or have chosen to set aside to be more accessible to the worldly .. is that the Faith is always a personal challenge to all, the Catholic Church presents a life-testing flame set to reveal all that is lasting, and its leaders, teachers and pastors are called to be fishers of men into salvation (not a meat market sale); for in Christ’s one body with one Spirit, and in His name alone, is rescue, healing and victory to be found over all that separates us from God our Father – all this is, in a word: Jesus.