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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 24/07/13

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

By on Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Pilgrims attend the opening Mass on Copacabana Beach (AP)

Pilgrims attend the opening Mass on Copacabana Beach (AP)

Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio formally opened World Youth Day 2013 at a Mass on Copacabana Beach last night (full text, photos, short video, full video).

Rwandan authorities have arrested 11 members of a breakaway Catholic group after they attempted to deliver an alleged message from the Virgin Mary to president Paul Kagame.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has opened an official Twitter account.

Tom Gallagher says Mgr Leo Cushley, Archbishop-elect of St Andrews and Edinburgh, has the daunting task of breathing new life into the Scottish Church.

Justin Bell describes what he discovered on a tour of a Rio slum this week.

Laurence England urges bishops to speak out about the scourge of internet pornography.

And Joan Frawley Desmond calls for a zero-tolerance crackdown on revealing clothing at Mass.

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

The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Friday, July 26

  • Sara_TMS_again

    Having a go at clothing at Mass is for people with dirty minds. It’s not possible to have a ‘zero tolerance’ approach, because revealing clothing is in the eye of the beholder. There’s no clear line beyond which clothing cannot possibly be considered revealing.

    If people were concentrating on their prayers they wouldn’t have a problem. If it’s an ‘occasion of sin’ for some people, then they’re the ones who should take the steps (custody of the eyes), rather than forcing them on others.

    Do they want us all in burqas?

  • NatOns

    No indeed! Decency, alas, is a virtually extinct concept for far too many Catholics. As or an understanding of decorum, well, I guess the least that is said the sooner any parting of ways may be mended ..

  • $24570317

    1. “in the eye of the beholder”
    2. “There’s no clear line”
    3. “they wouldn’t have a problem”
    4. “then they’re the ones who should take the steps……rather than forcing them on others.”

    Having read several earlier comments of “Sara_TMS_again”, I was surprised to see her, of all people, employing the above four statements. They have valid application to other circumstances (too).

  • $24570317

    Just a trivial post-script to the above:

    I remember newspaper reports (late 60s and 70s), with photos of women (and young girls) being denied access to St Peter’s on account of too short skirt length – and of hems being lowered with the aid of stitch cutters by others.
    Seems it is still going on: “… with Swiss Guards doing spot skirt checks in the Vatican”. See:

    Anyone who has experienced daughters going to schools will sympathise with Rachel Halliwell.