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The Sacred Heart is a rich and important devotion. But its iconography lacks theological vim

Pompeo Batoni's 1767 Sacred Heart

Attempts to convey Christ’s love for humanity in art have, it seems to me, had limited success

Only a proper understanding of the priesthood will renew the Irish Church

Cardinal Ouellet, papal legate, leads a Eucharistic procession at the Congress (PA photo)

Ireland has seen two nasty extremes: fawning over and hatred of priests. The solution lies in rediscovering what the priesthood is about

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/06/12

Pope Benedict greets José Graziano da Silva yesterday (CNS)

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/06/12

Cardinal Marc Ouellet and Archbishop Charles Brown at Lough Derg (CNS)

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

Our attitude to sugar needs to go the same way as smoking

Cups and sugar cubes are displayed at a news conference at New York's City Hall (AP photo)

The Mayor of New York wants to ban super-sized cups of sugary drinks. I’d go further

In Dublin young families are inspired by august intellectuals who don’t mince their words

Cardinal Brady described the columnist John Waters as a 'great man' (Photo: IEC2012)

Parents hear talks by David Quinn on the crisis of the family and John Waters on finding religion (and learning to pray on his knees)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 13/06/12

Benedict XVI arrives for today's general audience (AP)

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

Unlike the Government’s proposals, the Church of England’s document on marriage is thought through

The Coalition seems to have no understanding of what marriage actually is

Hans Küng is at it again. The Holy Father, he says, is a ‘schismatic pope’ who has effectively deposed himself: what’s he up to now?

Hans Küng at his office in Tubingen, Germany, in 2009 (CNS photo)

Küng claims that Paul VI declared that the SSPX bishops were invalidly ordained. But he just didn’t: it’s all very odd

The Congress is flying in the face of modern Irish culture – and is all the better for it

Young people take part in a parade at the Congress's opening Mass (CNS photo)

The Irish Church is defying its own reputation, too