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Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/01/12

Nuns wave as Benedict XVI delivers the Angelus address (AP)

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How Catholic was Puccini?

A new, Freudian study suggests the composer’s Catholicism was skin deep

Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, celibate homosexual and man of principle, twice denied a bishopric, may now sue the C of E: it would be a sad and secularist falling away

Dr Jeffrey John is apparently considering whether to sue the Church of England under the Equality Act (Photo: PA)

His non-appointment as Bishop of Southwark was a prime example of Anglicanism’s inability to think theologically

Downside can emerge renewed from this crisis

Downside School, in Somerset, is run by Benedictines

The school must reform swiftly to remain a beacon of Benedictine education

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/12

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

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It is right and Christian to build bridges with North Korea

David Alton’s inspiring attempts to open up the ‘hermit kingdom’ is an example of Christian diplomacy at its best

Believe it or not, the new BBC series on the Crusades is excellent

Dr Thomas Asbridge presents the first episode of The Crusades

Presenter Thomas Asbridge confronts the brutality of the Crusades without lapsing into polemic

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/12

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Is Damian Thompson right: are the English bishops trying to smother the ordinariate? If so, it’s time for Rome to act

Mgr Keith Newton, head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrates the ordinariate's first birthday at St James, Spanish Place (Photo: Mazur)

The US ordinariate has only just been founded: but already they have a principal church. Ours doesn’t: why is that?

The Iron Lady treats its heroine’s dementia sensitively

Should a film be made about Margaret Thatcher while she is still alive?

Margaret Thatcher’s confusion and memory loss is sad, but not quite tragic. Her life was not cut short too early: she fulfilled her potential in spades