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The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council could not have foreseen how the Church would change (Photo: CNS)

The shedding of institutional structures and the diminishing number of priests could, in fact, be liberating

Benedict XVI is framed by a Christmas tree during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/12

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Iraq Attack Michigan Rally

Christian influence in Parliament is now so weak that we have to find new ways to defend the persecuted faithful

THE GODFATHER

And The Godfather cycle is the greatest Catholic movie of all time

Pro-life protestors at a vigil in Dublin

A deeply pious and conformist Catholic country has become a secular one

German president Joachim Gauck and Pope Benedict (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/12/12

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Benedict XVI presides at the beatification of John Henry Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham (Photo: CNS)

Catholics, said Newman, are bound by the Pope’s formal teaching. If you don’t accept that, why do you stay?

President Obama and Cardinal Dolan of New York, pictured in October (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/12/12

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Now the Liverpool Care Pathway, it seems, is being applied to babies with severe long-term disabilities

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 05/12/12

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