LEAD STORY — The cautious diplomat whodropped a bombshell on Rome ● Matthew Schmitz: American football reveals truths about spiritual combat ● Ian Thomson on Dante, the poet who ‘invented’ Italian ● Natasha Marsh: The Australian Church is trying to find a way out of crisis ● Fr Raymond de Souza: Moral heroism is always possible with God’s grace ● Mary Kenny: Should Hamlet only be played by a Danish actor of royal blood? ● Pius IX just wanted to be loved, argues Robin Aitken ● Some priests are in tears over the abuse scandals, says Fr Dominic Allain ● Fr Ronald Rolheiser concedes that the Church can make it hard for some to believe in God