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Catholics had a true friend in Michael Gove

Michael Gove has been appointed Conservative Chief Whip (PA)

The outgoing Education Secretary wanted to revitalise the Catholic school system, but he only met heel-dragging and indifference

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 16/07/14

Cardinal Vincent Nichols in Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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The Church of England’s vote for women bishops has created an insurmountable obstacle to unity

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops  (PA)

From a Catholic point of view, nothing much has changed – it is the principle of female ordination that is the sticking point.

Polly Toynbee’s definition of a “good death” is a disturbing one

'How many people who aren’t terminally-ill and are contemplating suicide, consider themselves a burden on their families?' (PA)

If assisted suicide is legalised we must hope doctors don’t share Polly’s point of view

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/07/14

The Archbishop of Canterbury, second right, arrives for the synod vote (PA)

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Assisted suicide is not really about compassion: it’s all about money

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the latest high-profile figure to come out in favour of changing the law (PA)

We’re running out of cash to care for a rising number of elderly people. That is why we are talking about ‘assisted dying’

We need to remember the lessons on abortion and conscience before we legalise assisted suicide

Abortion has threatened doctor's consicence rights. Won't assisted suicide do the same? (PA)

Cases such as Dr Chazan’s should make us think twice

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/07/14

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Fr Blake says that in order to maintain the unity of the Church loyalty to the pope is now best expressed through silence. I fear he may be right

There is much confusion about Church teaching ahead of the Synod (CNS)

We are in such an atmosphere of uncertainty that even Jane Fonda can love the pope because she thinks he hates dogma: something has to give

The Reformation was a move away from reason, not towards it

Islam's reformers? (AP)

How can we help Islam reform when so many western commentators do not understand Christianity?