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Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/01/12

Belgian police stand outside Church offices in Mechelen during an earlier raid in 2010 (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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Cardinal O’Brien is surely right about Scottish independence from England: but what about English independence from the Scots?

England flag and statue of Sir Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)

Just as between England and Ireland, our relationship after independence would be less distorted by mutual resentment

Life is still valuable even when it is no longer useful

Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec

We need strong voices like Jean Vanier’s to fight against utilitarianism

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/01/12

Benedict XVI at yesterday's Angelus (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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If Turkey ever does join the EU, Sarah Ferguson will immediately be served with a European arrest warrant and on the next plane to Ankara

The Duchess of York has been charged by a Turkish court over a covert film she made for a documentary about the country's orphanages (PA photo)

This whole affair is one more example of how alien to the European mindset Turkish culture really is

Labour’s treatment of Catholics has doomed the Union

Protestors in Edinburgh call for a referendum Clerkson/Demotix/Demotix/Press Association Images

The United Kingdom looks doomed, but much blame must be placed on Labour’s alienation of its natural constituency north of the border

The Children’s Society has repudiated its support for the traditional married family, with Archbishop Sentamu’s backing: is he aware what he has done?

Dr John Sentamu greets members of his congregation (Photo: John Giles/PA Wire)

If so, is this a new development in Anglican opinion?

It is surely premature to start talking about ‘conclave contenders’

Archbishop Dolan of New York, pictured addressing the media, is to be given a red hat (Photo: CNS)

Instead, let’s give thanks for Pope Benedict XVI’s wise leadership and continued good health

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/01/12

Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk (CNS photo/Carol Glatz)

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As long as murders go unpunished Africa will never have political reform

A nun weeps at the spot where the body of Fr John Kaiser was found, a year after his death. Hundreds of people gathered for Mass in his honour.   CNS photo from Reuters

We must never forget Fr John Kaiser, the missionary who died in Kenya in mysterious circumstances