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Simon Raven: an entertaining read, but no Powell

Alms for Oblivion is an entertaining but shallow tale, and not a patch on A Dance to the Music of Time

A heretical priest has renounced his errors. That’s fine. But he also paid for two abortions; has he expressed penitence for THAT? The CDF isn’t saying

Cardinal Levada, outgoing prefect of the CDF, looks over his correspondence (CNS)

Collaboration with the procurement if an abortion attracts automatic excommunication: has any excommunication been officially lifted? Is he in fact sorry he did it?

The overpopulation scare has been proved wrong over and over again

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Yet Malthusianism is as fashionable as ever

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/07/12

Protesters call for the release of Asia Bibi in Lahore in 2010 (CNS)

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A BMJ editorial is now saying that our law should pay less attention to the sanctity of human life, and that lives not worth living should be ended: what’s going on?

It’s also saying that brain-damaged and demented people just cost too much: what’s happened to medical ethics?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/07/12

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Can there be salvation outside of the Church?

What happens to a good person who is not a practising Christian?

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 18/07/12

Vatican official Mgr Ettore Balestrero discusses the Council of Europe report (AP)

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A disappointing start to the global battle against abuse

Mgr Scicluna, the CDF's promoter of justice (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican gave bishops around the world a year to produce the most basic guidelines on handling abuse allegations and more than half of them failed to submit the text in time

People become bored by religion because they do not understand it

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And talk of Hell is not the best way to bring them back