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As people look across the Atlantic to see what’s going on with the US and Canadian ordinariates, Fr Christopher Phillips tells it straight

Pope Benedict with the Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland (Photo: Press Association)

It’s a big news day for Catholic geeks with the publication of the Instruction Universae ecclesiae and in Britain the results of the Bishops’ plenary meeting

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (CNS photo)

And what exactly constitutes a ‘pastoral need’?

Archbishop Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, pictured with Archbishop Nichols of Westminster (Mazur)

Watch this space: if I’m right, that’s the kind of bishop we should now get

Javier Ballesteros carries the ashes of his father Seve Ballesteros accompanied by his sister Carmen (Denis Doyle/Pool/PA Wire)

The funeral was attended not only by golf luminaries but also the ordinary people of the town

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

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Bloggers, including Hilary White, left, meet at an Irish bar in Rome (CNS/Paul Haring)

At least we can be united on life issues

Diaconate ordinations for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham)

Ordinariate talks stall in Canada

As the ordinariate for England, Wales and Scotland makes progress, the TAC’s leader warns it could be the first and ony such structure for former Anglicans in the world

Hans Küng is pictured in his office in Tübingen, Germany, in 2008 (CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA)

Even at Vatican II, he was regarded as ‘incendiary, superficial, and polemical’. The contrast with Pope Benedict XVI is stark

Archbishop Thomas Collins is pictured after receiving the pallium in 2007 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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