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Should priests be firmer with non-practising Catholics?

Archbishop Martin says that cultural Catholics should have the maturity to leave the Church altogether if they do not believe in it (Photo: CNS)

Priests vary on how they respond to requests for baptisms or church weddings from Catholics who do not go to Mass

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

A large Christmas tree CNS photo/Paul Haring

And why we should encourage children to make their own cribs

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/12/11

The faithful listen to the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP Photo)

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Our Lady of Guadalupe is the essence of what evangelisation should be about

Candles decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Photo: CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register

The conversion of Mexico was the single most successful mission undertaken by the Catholic Church. Why did it succeed when others failed?

I still think Archbishop Nichols is wrong about civil unions. But we need to be fair: there’s no way ‘he would make a good Anglican’

Archbishop Nichols is grilled by Stephen Sackur on the BBC's Hardtalk programme (Photo: BBC)

A Catholic liberal just isn’t the same thing as an Anglican one

My new Sunday Missal is the Christmas present I will cherish most

Catholic Truth Society's altar missal (this one, in white, was presented to the Pope). Photo: Pierpaolo Finaldi

Not everyone, though, is happy about the new text. For me it brings back a sense of the sacred

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/12/11

Benedict XVI lights the electronic Christmas tree in Gubbio, Italy (CNS)

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St Ambrose – the man who invented silent reading

St Ambrose, at St Peter's Basilica

We should celebrate St Ambrose, whose understated management skills kept the early church together – and who was the first person to read in silence

Cardinal Maradiaga compares ‘man-made’ global warming and its supposed effects with apartheid: it’s a good headline but he may live to regret it

Cardinal Maradiaga says the world's climate is 'out of control' (Photo: CNS)

Churchmen who base moral notions on current scientific certainties should remember Galileo

Alec Guinness and the Spanish mystics

Guinness rehearses Alan Bennett's Habeus Corpus (PA photo)

In his diary he says St Teresa of Avila’s autobiography must be ‘one of the greatest given to the world’