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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/09/11

The assembly hall of the United Nations in Geneva (AP Photo)

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Johann Hari’s apology relies on Catholic expressions of penance

Confession involves an act of contrition which is meant to signify a change of heart (Photo: PA)

Indeed, he could not help but mention the Pope

The Holy Father would have made a terrific relationships counsellor

Benedict XVI meets engaged couples in the Italian city of Ancona (Photo: CNS)

One US ‘expert’, on the other hand, believes that people are just not cut out for monogamy

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/09/11

Archbishop Philip Wilson greets Pope Benedict during World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The 9/11 flag-burners oppose what is true and beautiful

Servicemen in London hold wreaths honouring the victims of 9/11 (Luke MacGregor/PA Wire)

What struck me about these extremists was the sheer ugliness of their attitude

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 14/09/11

SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay received the 'doctrinal preamble' at the Vatican this morning (CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

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‘Pro-choice’ campaigners should look to China and think again

One in six baby girls in China is aborted

Francis Phillips wonders if pro-abortion activists have thought through the consequences of their views

The Pope is right: the riots were a product of relativism – a rejection, and not only by the rioters, of objective moral values

Police clash with looters during the London riots

As the psalmist declaimed, ‘it is a people that do err in their heart’. We do need a ‘Big Society’: but on what will it be built?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/09/11

Metropolitan Hilarion has urged the Pope to address tensions in Ukraine (CNS)

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Despite his brilliance, St Augustine did produce a few duds

St Augustine: the Shakespeare of Theology (Photo: CNS)

But he was a wonderful writer and preacher: his Confessions ranks as one of the greatest books ever written