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Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/12/10

A photograph of Marcial Maciel hangs in a Legion-affiliated building in Monterrey, Mexico (AP Photo/Monica Rueda)

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WikiLeaks reveals that Britain’s first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See just wasn’t well informed

Francis Campbell, Britain's first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See

We urgently need a more substantial replacement

Atheism has done little for women’s dignity

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens at the Munk debate last month (Photo courtesy of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

That’s the point Tony Blair should have made in his debate with Christopher Hitchens

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI, centre, celebrates Mass at St Massimiliano Kolbe parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Debate: Is L’Osservatore Romano undermining the Church?

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano (Photo: CNS)

Or is it a breath of fresh air in the fusty world of Vatican communications?

What makes someone write a perverted version of fairytales for children?

A book of Grimm fairytales presented at an exhibition in Germany (Photo: PA)

I know about the sinfulness of human nature; why can’t I get used to it?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/10

This is a scan of a badly deteriorated negative of Pope John Paul II meeting his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in a Rome prison in 1983. The Vatican is embarking on a project to restore and digitise its archive of photographic images (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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George Weigel thinks there is a ‘hollowness’ at the heart of post-Blair Britain

In his autobiography Tony Blair writes about the funeral of Diana but does not think of it in Christian terms (Photo: PA)

He doesn’t think much of our bishops, either: but what about the US?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI censes the statue of the Virgin Mary in the Piazza di Spagna (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Britain should follow Russia’s lead and urge its citizens to have more children

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (Photo: PA)

You don’t need to ask the experts for a solution to population decline. It stares one in the face: more babies