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Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during the Angelus at the Vatican yesterday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/10/11

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

The rightful James III/VIII. But England has an Anglican monarchy and we are better off leaving it well alone

For the sake of political posturing and ending ‘discrimination’ against women and Catholics, David Cameron is opening the monarchy up to secularisation. It is political vanity for which future generations will pay a high price

Dawkins, with comedian Ariane Sherine: not a great believer AP Photo/Akira Suemor

Atheists like Dawkins have strange ideas about what we believe

Conspiracies about the authorship of Shakespeare have fascinated for decades, but ultimately ‘only foolish snobs don’t believe in Shakespeare’

Dr Bernard Nathanson was converted by love, not insults. AP Photo

A new American film compares abortion to the Final Solution, but is such a comparison tasteless, and does it even help the pro-life cause?

Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Roche and Pierpaolo Finaldi (Photo courtesy of Mr Finaldi)

We just can’t judge on the basis of Mass cards containing only the people’s parts

But we must be creative in responding to the reality of unwanted pregnancy

I will pray for Gaddafi on All Souls’ Day

The treatment of Gaddafi’s corpse was a disgrace – and now he is with God we can pray for him, as we pray for all the dead

Iris Murdoch’s fiction still stands up 30 years after its publication, but what about the moral questions it posed?

William Hill offers 100 -1 that St Paul's is still closed at Christmas

Anglican cathedrals aren’t the centre of their dioceses: and the St Paul’s clergy don’t all believe in Christmas