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Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/06/13

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

By on Thursday, 20 June 2013

Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto (CNS/Patrick Browne Jnr)

Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto (CNS/Patrick Browne Jnr)

Talks between Israel and the Holy See seem to be heading for a successful conclusion after 16 years of meetings, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, has said.

A diocese in Ghana has launched the Cause of Cardinal Peter Porekuu Dery, who died in 2008 and was known for his service to the poor.

Filipino Archbishop Oscar Cruz has suggested it would be acceptable in the Church’s eyes for a gay man to marry a lesbian.

Fr Mario Attard, John Carr, John Gehring, Andrea Tornielli and Europe’s newspapers mark Francis’s 100th day in office today.

Marie Arana says Latin Americans have huge expectations ahead of the Pope’s trip to the continent next month.

Ryan Duns SJ argues that Francis’s improvisational speaking style is like jazz music.

And David Goldenberg explains why Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world.

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

  • Dave

    When I read things like, ‘Filipino Archbishop Oscar Cruz has suggested it would be
    acceptable in the Church’s eyes for a gay man to marry a lesbian’, it have to wonder: who put that question to him? What was their intent? How do they intend in presenting the archbishop’s response? What spin will the secular media give it?

  • NatOns

    A same-gender attracted man may legally marry an opposite-gender attracted women, as may an opposite-gender man marry a same-gender attracted woman – even in the eyes of the Church. Only the lasting character of the basis for this union might be the cause of some doubt, even if both were fully honest about their attractions and in their responses to these. The bishop does not say anything untoward, for a same-gender attracted man may indeed marry a same-gender attracted woman and still uphold God’s sacrament .. yet with what struggle can only be worrying to all concerned.

  • Dave

    Yes I know that. That was not my point. All I meant was that when I read remarks like that, I wonder why it is being reported and what sort of spin is it going to be given. I see already on some blogs (which I will not link to but can be found by googling the Archbishop’s remarks), that some have already used this comment to distort the Church’s and attack teaching and its government support in the Philippines. Up to a point nothing can be done about that, but it is all the more reason for Catholics in a public position to be as wise as serpents about what they say and how it might be used.