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Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/10/13

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

By on Thursday, 31 October 2013

Satellite trucks parked near St Peter's Basilica in February (CNS)

Satellite trucks parked near St Peter's Basilica in February (CNS)

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has denied Italian reports that it spied on the Vatican during the conclave.

Russia is considering granting citizenship to about 50,000 Syrian Christians, reports Vatican Insider.

The Catholic Church has “a strong collaboration” with the World Council of Churches, even though it is not a WCC member, the Vatican’s chief ecumenist Cardinal Kurt Koch has said.

The Murphy Commission on clerical abuse in Dublin archdiocese was “flawed“, the Irish Association of Catholic Priests has claimed.

Sister Margaret Atkins argues that St Augustine wasn’t “the first Christian Just War theorist“.

Brantly Millegan reveals which Church Father described shaving as “reprehensible“.

And an Italian artist has dismantled a southern Italian church and rebuilt it at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

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

  • Alan40

    Glad to see we have a “strong collaboration” with the WCC. If they could be persuaded to change their name to World Council of Christians, that should remove any serious objection to our joining. (I doubt if “World Council of Ecclesial Communities” would go down too well).

  • NatOns

    I doubt that, A40, any fruit-loop or tube or ad-man can describe herself and her followers as ‘Christian’ .. the World Council of Churches would therefore have to consider a creed by which to judge the applicants; at the moment only the broadest notion of church activity in line with unity of Christians on the lowest common denominator is the measure.

    That Protestant measure of loose knit, fellowship-finding community, in case you do not perceive it, is the facile oecumenism constantly condemned by the Catholic Church and reproved at the Second Vatican Council.

    ‘Nevertheless, our separated brethren, whether considered as individuals or as Communities and Churches, are not blessed with that unity which Jesus Christ wished to bestow on all those who through Him were born again into one body, and with Him quickened to newness of life – that unity which the Holy Scriptures and the ancient Tradition of the Church proclaim.’ Paul VI, Unitatis redintegratio.

    The Church in communion with God’s beloved called to be saints at Rome was – and is still – wise simply to observe the efforts of the WCC even with a sense of strong collaboration (where this is possible), and not (as all too many Orthodox leaders now repent of doing) committing itself to be party to its means.