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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/07/13

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

By on Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has condemned the gang rape of a nun in the Indian state of Orissa as “an act of physical and emotional terrorism“.

Fr François Murad was apparently shot dead by members of Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamic group belonging to Syria’s rebel alliance, reports John Allen.

Pope Francis has written a consoling letter to an Argentine singer serving a seven-year sentence following a nightclub fire in 2004 that killed 194 people.

A Polish Catholic youth movement has cut its ties with tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska after she posed naked for ESPN Magazine.

Carl Olson suggests that Lumen Fidei is “a gift that we should return to on a regular basis for many years to come“.

Stefania Falasca, editor of 30 Giorni, says the canonisation of John XXIII will fulfil “the only request formulated by the Council Fathers that hasn’t yet been carried out“.

And Joseph Atkins presents the “top 100 blogs by Catholic Sisters and nuns“.

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  • Sara_TMS_again

    That nightclub story was tragic. Does anyone know if anyone other than the band member who lit the fatal flare was prosecuted? E.g. the owner of the premises with the locked doors and the inadequate fire safety arrangements (so it has been alleged)?

    Cardinal Bergoglio led a memorial service in the cathedral on the anniversary of the fire.

  • NatOns

    ‘And Joseph Atkins presents the “top 100 blogs by Catholic Sisters and nuns“.’

    ‘Flying in the Face of Tradition: Listening to the Lived Experience of the Faithful’, by Louis deThomasis FSC

    ‘His first question is: Is the institutional church dying? His simple answer to that is: Yes. But he views that as a hopeful thing, “the last opportunity for it to transform itself into something that once again is able to carry out its original purpose.” He defines the “institutional church” narrowly as the formal structural hierarchy within the Vatican,” along with the local churches that are within the purview of each Roman Catholic bishop. It is not to be conflated with the communion of the People of God with all the followers of Jesus before and after us, nor the kingdom of God.’

    And this just about sums them up – even of the more nearly orthodox Catholic ones (if rather more guarded in their expressed ideology).

    ‘”Indeed,” Falasca writes, “the request for canonization of Pope Roncalli was the only request formulated by the council fathers that hasn’t yet been carried out, given that the publication of a universal catechism for the church has already happened.”‘

    A continued hi-jacking of the Blessed John XXIII speak volumes – ‘Good Pope John’, no doubt among so many bad ones, notably Pius XII (and not far behind him, one might suppose, Benedict XVI, who has not had to wait for the grave to be bad-mouthed) – not least among the hi-jacks is that carried out in notion that much or any of what the Church Fathers at the Second Vatican Council (in their inimitable way) has actually been implemented .. as they set it out (amid such fanfare and ambiguity)!

    ‘Lastly, in faithful obedience to Tradition, the sacred Council declares that holy Mother Church holds all lawfully acknowledged rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way. The Council also desires that, where necessary, the rites be revised carefully in the light of sound Tradition, and that they be given new vigour to meet the circumstances and needs of modern times.’