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Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/07/13

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

By on Friday, 12 July 2013

Pope Francis greets cardinals earlier this year (CNS)

Pope Francis greets cardinals earlier this year (CNS)

Pope Francis has reportedly told a friend that his mission is difficult because there are “many ‘masters’ of the Pope” in the Vatican.

The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, are working on a joint global initiative to reduce poverty.

English Archbishop Vincent Nichols will urge Catholics to pray for victims of the Syrian civil war at a Mass in London today.

American blogger Brandon Vogt has launched a petition asking the Holy See to allow the faithful to share Church texts freely online.

Michael Miller says there’s no reason to believe that the project to reconcile the SSPX to Rome is over.

Peter Kreeft argues that God sent us St Francis of Assisi “to teach us to rehearse for eternity“.

And Joshua Bowman presents five places where Catholics who feel persecuted by the secular world can flee to.

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

  • NatOns

    ‘Pope Francis has reportedly told a friend that his mission is difficult because there are “many ‘masters’ of the Pope” in the Vatican.’

    It is good the Holy Father realises that he is no longer his own man but, truly, the servant of many. Fortunately he has but one Lord, our God, Jesus Christ .. even if now he has others to take him by the belt and lead him wither he would not go. This has to be a terrifying emptying of self for any man, but for one who must also lead souls faithfully in following Christ, well, it is a martyrdom .. however cheerfully and gracefully it is embraced.

    ‘Michael Miller says there’s no reason to believe that the project to reconcile the SSPX to Rome is over.’

    Indeed not, for one wonders if the hard work has even really begun .. at least in reconciling the Vatican Offices and their officials to the witness that the spirit-of-Vat-II, the all singing all dancing Age of Aquarius, and the reading of the Fathers at the Second Vatican Council in a self-contained hermeneutical bubble of the Second Vatican Council can be challenged from within the Living Faith AKA Sacred Tradition; that is, the Second Vatican Council must be interpreted within its founding principle: the First Vatican Council and the papal teaching flowing from it and into its successor.

    God bless our Pope!

  • buckingham88

    ‘Share Church texts’ The young have been doing this for years with file share programs.
    Not much is closed to them. The Vatican could do no worse than to emulate them.
    ‘Joint global initiative to reduce poverty’
    Australia is part of this by sending millions of tonnes of coal and LPG to China India and other countries lifting them out of poverty.
    The key is better food,clean water and sanitation, shelter and of course better available medicine.This only happens with cheap, plentiful power.

  • Sara_TMS_again

    Another ‘deliberate leak’ with the blessing of Pope Francis, I take it.

  • sclerotic

    An archbishop of Edinburgh by the end of June we were told. Still no sign. Two unfortunate conclusions: that the papal nuncio is out of the loop and that the new archbishop whoever he may be is now fatally wounded for the only reasonable conclusion is that he is the less than unanimous choice in Rome. Of course both statements may well be nonsense but this sort of administrative ineptitude gives speculations of this sort wings and they are then difficult targets to shoot down. The stuation in Scotland is precarious, further destabilising is unhelpful and it suggests serious administrative weakness – O’Brien’s resignation at age 75 was well flagged up in advance.after all, irrespective of scandal. Rome is simply unable to get its act together.