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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/08/13

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

By on Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney (CNS photo/Daniel Munoz, Reuters)

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney (CNS photo/Daniel Munoz, Reuters)

Australian Cardinal George Pell has said that Coptic communities are being persecuted “even outside Egypt“.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen has compared the Nashville Dominicans’ arrival in Scotland to the moment “the US 7th Cavalry appears over the hill” in Westerns (full text).

A Catholic priest in Nigeria has reportedly killed himself while “cleaning his double-barrelled gun”.

Megan McArdle urges western countries to give asylum to Egypt’s Copts.

Joseph Bottum, former editor-in-chief of First Things, has said “there are a couple things” he regrets in his widely discussed article on same-sex marriage (full audio of interview).

Sandro Magister argues that two figures appointed by Pope Francis are “the living negation of his programme of housecleaning and reform“.

And Kevin Jones considers why the Hilton Foundation is giving the National Catholic Reporter a $2.3m (£1.5m, €1.7m) grant to create “a website devoted to the coverage of Catholic Sisters globally“.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • Guest

    Re Magister, the pagan Roman famously said: “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion”.

    For the sake of the Church, the Pope cannot afford to appear stiff-necked in his appointments.

  • NatOns

    ‘Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen has compared the Nashville Dominicans’ arrival in Scotland to the moment “the US 7th Cavalry appears over the hill” in Westerns (full text).’

    A relief indeed .. But just as illusory? I trust not, indeed I have the greatest confidence in the skill, dedication and understanding brought by these wonderful witnesses to Christ.

    The problem is, of course, the town’s folk – and especially some drum bangin’ wimmin folks .. and mire-loving reporters – don’t want no rescuin’ from any friendly, down-to-earth marauders, see! Jist a-doin’ of their own thing in a teepee church and in their skippin’-round-a-totem-pole-type religion works jist fine, mister bishop man! So dees purdily dressed up ladies can jist pack up all those fancy ways and git a ridin’ right on (if they knows wots best); after all, the first wrong step will be keenly awaited, pounced upon, and magnified into abusive religious torture, more of the Catholic Church’s dark doings in the nunnery, white slave trade for poor, sweet, innocent girls forcefully brain-washed at traditionalistic extremist convent … or would that only happen in a post-modernist, tick-box, questionnaire nightmare from Hollywood?

  • ChantryPriest

    Oh dearie me. Doesn’t he know what happened to the 7th Cavalry?

  • NatOns

    Or rather to those under the leadership Gen. Custer (‘Please Mr Custer, I don’ wanna go -> pffithttt -> Awh! No!’). Gary Owen, the 7th Calvary, has had an illustrious military career .. and one with well deserved high decorations; not least in the face of interminable struggle or defeat and through some deservedly unpopular wars. The Pacific Campaign of the second World War, the woefully forgotten War in Korea, and even the disaster that was Vietnam has shown us that worldly horrors cannot diminish human bravery and any sincere naivete that prompts it (even if in vain).

    God knows the Church Militant needs a tad more innocent courage in heavenly grace to face the seemingly insuperable odds against Her in little things – and good deal less of the fleshly vanity that so egregiously lacks it in the greater.

  • ChantryPriest

    Don’t get me wrong-I’m more than happy with a bit of militant and muscular Christianity-’Onward, Christian Soldiers!’ and certainly with no disrespect to US armed forces.
    It is just in this sceptered isle, the 7th Cavalry really does mean Gen. C coming down the mountain and meeting Sitting Bull.

  • NatOns

    So true!