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Taking away Rupert Murdoch’s papal knighthood would be unpleasantly self-righteous. We’re supposed not to avoid sinners

Rupert Murdoch at a conference last Friday in Idaho (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

And the death of the News of The World, for all its remaining faults, is nothing to crow about

The John Paul II vigil that transported pilgrims to heaven

About 200,000 people attended the vigil (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The vigil before John Paul II’s beatification was an intoxicating experience for one new convert. I wish I could have gone

The News of the World debased the national conversation. It should not be missed by anyone

The last edition of the News of the World yesterday: thank you and good riddance (PA photo)

Its gossip stories invaded people’s privacy and were never justified by the public interest

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/07/11

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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Debate: Should Rupert Murdoch’s papal knighthood be rescinded?

Rupert Murdoch, left, and Cardinal Edward Egan at the Alfred E Smith fundraising dinner in New York (AP Photo/ Yana Paskova, POOL)

Or does his financial support of the Church make him a worthy Knight of St Gregory?

‘The world owes God to the Jews,’ wrote Chesterton; if anything he was pro-Jewish rather than – as the calumny alleges – anti-Semitic

G K Chesterton said he would only take racial distinctions seriously 'when I find a man classifying himself as inferior' (PA photo)

He was one of the few convinced anti-racists of his time: the allegation just doesn’t add up

How to ease famine in Africa

Dead cattle in Kenya: more than 10 million people are affected by the drought (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

Handing out money or food vouches will stop people starving and boost businesses at the same time

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/07/11

Pope Benedict waves to the faithful on his arrival at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Liberation theology is dead but not departed; it still occasionally twitches

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a stern critic of liberation theology as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti)

The problem, says the Pope, is denying the transcendent dimension of man: but some people are still going on about ‘structures of injustice’

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/07/11

Benedict XVI views items that belonged to Blessed Pope John Paul II at the Carlo Magno Hall yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

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