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Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/07/13

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

By on Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio SJ (Wikimedia Commons)

Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio SJ (Wikimedia Commons)

Rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have reportedly kidnapped Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian Jesuit critic of Bashar al-Assad.

Members of the Spanish royal family attended a Mass in Santiago de Compostela yesterday for the 79 people who died in last week’s train crash.

Police in Scotland are investigating abuse allegations at a prominent Catholic boarding school that closed 20 years ago.

Jimmy Akin, John Allen, Kevin Clarke, Stephan Faris, Fr Dwight Longenecker, Michael O’Loughlin, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Fr James Martin SJ, Jeffrey Miller, Rocco Palmo, Elizabeth Scalia, Andrew Sullivan, Damian Thompson, John Thavis and David Willey reflect on the Pope’s remarks about homosexuality.

Laurence England, Sandro Magister, Joseph Shaw, Jeffrey Tucker and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on the restriction imposed by Pope Francis on the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrating the Extraordinary Form Mass (full text of decree).

The Week asks if Francis is “the most liberal Pope ever“.

And Talking Points Memo reports on Pope Francis’s other, little-noticed major interview (full video in Spanish and Portuguese).

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