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Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/08/13

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

By on Monday, 5 August 2013

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

World Youth Day pilgrims “are not following the Pope, they are following Jesus Christ”, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address yesterday (full text, video).

Zenit has published the second part of the full English translation of the Pope’s in-flight press conference (summary, part one).

Syria’s main opposition group has expressed “deep concern” over the reported kidnapping of Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall’Oglio.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen has described allegations of abuse at a former Catholic school in Scotland as “bitter, shaming and distressing“.

Apostolic delegate Archbishop J Peter Sartain will attend the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) next week.

Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB wonders whether keenly awaited Vatican documents on the liturgy will ever be published.

And a photographer captures the moment Cardinal Raymond Burke responded to a boy who was crying because he was too young for Holy Communion.

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

  • Kevin

    From the in-flight press conference - 

    Patricia Zorzan:
    “In Brazil a law has been approved which extends the right of abortion and has allowed matrimony between persons of the same sex. Why didn’t you speak about this?”

    Pope Francis:
    “…It wasn’t necessary to go back to this, nor did I speak about fraud or lies or other things, on which the Church has a clear doctrine.
    …it wasn’t necessary to talk about that, but about positive things that open the way to youngsters, isn’t that so? Moreover, young people know perfectly well what the position of the Church is.”

    Holy Father, the legislation that is pervading the Western world is closing Catholic youngsters in. Young people are not told by anyone that fraud, lies or human trafficking are good things or a matter of personal choice. They are not at risk of unemployment if they publicly condemn them. They are not statistically unlikely to find a lifelong spouse if they deplore these things among their friends and acquaintances.

    You had three million young people before you. A massive crowd that has now dispersed among the peoples from whence they came. You had a golden opportunity to break what have even become taboo subjects among Catholics! You could have given some of those young people the confidence to talk about them amongst each other – “What do you think of what the Pope said today?” – instead of staying quiet, as you apparently did, and not knowing for sure what anyone else believes.

    If you know anything about the present day you will know that the attitude of our Catholic brother in good standing, Tony Blair, as expressed in the following quote is not at all uncommon:
    “[I]f you went into any Catholic church, particularly a well-attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you’d be surprised at how liberal-minded people were.”

  • NatOns

    ‘And a photographer captures the moment Cardinal Raymond Burke responded to a boy who was crying because he was too young for Holy Communion.’

    This little moment touched my heart so deeply, I have no reason to hide it; not least as a balance to the vice-like grip that crushed down upon it in contemplating another little child left to live and die pitilessly among us .. perhaps no further than a door away.

    Dear Lord God, both these images cry out to heaven, one in our simplest joy the other for Thy just vengeance wrought on us in our wrongdoing (and love of it).