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Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/10/13

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

By on Friday, 11 October 2013

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising (AP)

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising (AP)

The tragedy in Lampedusa is “not the kind of Europe we want“, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has told José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.

The new Ordinariate Use Mass was launched officially in London last night.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch has said he will discuss claims that a fellow German bishop is living in luxury with Pope Francis.

Cardinal Francis Arinze explains why he doesn’t like the term “lay ministry”.

Joseph Shaw considers how traditionalist Catholics should respond to Pope Francis (part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

Pray Tell blog tries to uncover what has happened to the new German translation of the Roman Missal.

And Christopher Menzhuber wonders what Benedict XVI would make of Grand Theft Auto V.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day

  • NatOns

    ‘The tragedy in Lampedusa is “not the kind of Europe we want“, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has told José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.’

    Rather, it would seem, we want a Europe based on modern, enlightenment, self-willed humanitarianism; where abortion and divorce et al are seen as mere excusable social faux pas not genuine wrongdoing aka ‘sin’ against God and man; that is, where the Catholic Faith must fit itself into the crowded dialogue between the ‘good’ perceived in intrinsic evil and the ‘bad’ which paves that broad way to hell with good intentions .. then leave religious opinion on the notion of ‘god’ to worry the goody-goodies.

    But God Bless Our Pope! Both of them, Sovereign Pontiff and Emeritus – the true fruit of setting oecumenism right in the Spirit already bursts out in untold bounty, generosity and hope .. Dear Lord, do Thou send forth many labourers into this field for it sustains more than those who live by it.

  • Amanita ocreata

    Perhaps Cardinal Marx should advocate the pursuit of his namesake’s Communist economic system to pay for all of these asylum seekers. Perhaps our Pope will authorize payments to asylum seekers for more new shoes & better boats instead of making our tithe.
    Africa kicked Europe out- why should Europe then turn around & fix their problems?
    Shame on you Karl Marx, I mean, Cardinal Marx. Keep the focus on the Church, not a perpetually savage continent which is running headlong into the arms of Mammon via prosperity preaching &, if not embracing personal greed instead of Christ, they sprint toward Islam & all of the death & destruction which accompanies it.

  • teigitur

    Bad enough you quote National “Catholic” reporter on here frequently Mr Coppen. You have now stooped to the “Pray Tell” blog as well. That really is rock bottom.

  • NatOns

    Nonetheless, it is important to know what Quisling is up to – before any treachery strikes .. forewarned is forearmed, and a great advantage in a war (not least one waged on humanity itself, and even from the lips or fingertips of deceiving/ deceived members ‘within’ its sole means of salvation: the Way, Truth, and Life = Jesus Christ).

    It also helps in dialogue too ..


  • belhaven

    I am disappointed to learn that Pope Francis is living in luxury with a German Bishop.