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Debate: Why do Catholics lapse?

An image from the bishops' conference Come Home for Christmas campaign

Is it primarily the fault of the Church or of the Catholics who have left it?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/11/11

Members of the Community of the Beatitudes in Denver, the first house in the United States (CNS photo by James Baca, Denver Catholic Register)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Heavy-handed child protection is eroding trust in Catholic schools

Students can apparently no longer enter Downside Abbey without being accompanied by an adult

Monks and other members of staff at Downside are now being treated with caution

The Church’s struggle against the legalisation of gay unions is now a defining feature of its teachings on marriage

The US bishops' new website presents Church teaching on marriage

‘The redefinition of marriage’ is seen as a threat to religious liberty

The confused historian who claims that Catholics are responsible for the Holocaust

Daniel Goldhagen, author of A Moral Reckoning

Melanie Phillips says that Islam is intrinsically anti-Semitic; Daniel Goldhagen tries the same argument with Catholicism

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 16/11/11

Pope Benedict arrives for this morning's general audience (AP Photo)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Italy, a land of beauty and overpowering ugliness

Italy is a country that has often fascinated British writers. Here are my recommendations for the best books on Italy and the Italians

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/11/11

US bishops celebrate Mass at the start of their annual autumn plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Bishops should stop worrying about decline and start encouraging couples to be open to life

The Duggar family on NBC News's Today show (Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via AP Images)

People are often too afraid or too selfish to have larger families

There are still many people (mostly Anglicans) who preach the Catholic faith but who aren’t yet Catholics. We need to respect their beliefs

Ordinariate clergy being ordained earlier this year. Don't despise those who choose to stay behind CNS photo/Marcin Mazur, Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)

Anglo-Catholics have one important pastoral opportunity that Roman Catholics don’t