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Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/03/11

Cardinal Kurt Koch (AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Schneider, File)

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

Niall Ferguson is wrong to suggest that Christianity stifles scientific enquiry

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (probably the most photogenic city in the world). AP Photo/Murad Sezer

Rather, there is plenty that encourages it

It is a strange world where children are shielded from fairy tales but exposed to debauching sex education

The world's biggest book of fairy tales in eastern Germany (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

According to a poll, a third of parents refuse to read the story of Little Red Riding Hood because of its grisly content

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/03/11

Clergy pray at a ceremony welcoming the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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The Government, says Cardinal O’Brien, has an ‘anti-Christian foreign policy’. Good for him: so it does

Men light candles at a vigil to commemorate Pakistani minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Lahore (CNS photo/Mohsin Raza, Reuters)

Why are we giving hundreds of millions to brutal regimes like Pakistan and northern Sudan?

The Rite of Election figures have created no end of confusion. Here’s why

The Rite of Election at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/

Is the number of people joining the ordinariate ‘close to 800′ or ‘an estimated 900′?

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 16/03/11

The newly elected Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai (Bilal Hussein/AP/Press Association Images)

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My suggestion for Lent is to give up beef

A beef cow in Alberta, Canada (The Canadian Press Images/Larry MacDougal)

Our addiction to beef does great damage to the environment. Time to wean ourselves off it

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/03/11

Cardinal Keith O'Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh (Mazur/

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Are our seminarians being taught about the Extraordinary Rite? And if not, why not?

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome (CNS photo from Catholic Press Photo)

The Pope’s wishes are quite clear. But are our bishops carrying them out?