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Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/11

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (AP)

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Christians who are tired of being pushed around in Britain could learn from straight-talking Americans

The White House Christmas tree, which this year is called a 'Holiday Tree' (Photo: PA)

And does Cameron really mean what he says about standing up for Christian values?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/11

Bishop Bernard Fellay with newly ordained SSPX priests in 2009 (AP)

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Christianity did not begin with a ‘human sacrifice’

One of Christopher Hitchens’s best quoted passages suggests that, though a brilliant orator, he misunderstood Christian theology

Even choosing a Holy Land wine is political

Bethlehem-area Christians gather for a Mass in protest at the separation wall (AP photo)

A proposed separation wall near Bethlehem may jeopardise a famous altar wine produced at the Cremisan Monastery

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 20/12/12

Archbishop-designate Charles Brown (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Now we know where we are with Mr Clegg. Marriage, he thinks, is just one among many versions of ‘the family institution’

Nick Clegg delivers the annual Demos Lecture at Westminster Central Hall in London today (Leon Neal/PA Wire)

It’s all so outdated, now the research shows how much more stable marriage is than cohabitation

A courageous writer who questioned everything – except his atheism

Christopher Hitchens, who died last week PETER FOLEY/LANDOV/Press Association Images

Christopher Hitchens was a magnanimous man who had many Christian friends

Evelyn Waugh did not love the splendour of a high Mass but rather a priest’s humble absorption in a low Mass

Evelyn Waugh and his wife pictured in 1950 (Photo: PA)

I like to think he would have approved of Mass in the Ordinary Form, too, now that we have an accurate translation

Bishop Davies knows that we can talk to young people about their immortal souls. Bishop Conry says it can’t be done. Which one should we trust?

Pilgrims in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Madrid World Youth Day (Photo: PA)

There’s a gulf of understanding here: and a choice to be made