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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 16/10/13

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George (Photo: CNS)

Couples must not persuade themselves of the need to limit the size of their families

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Photo: PA

The common good depends on stable marriages open to life

Sister Wendy Beckett, an art critic who lives the life of a hermit, outside the Louvre

To avoid causing scandal, Sister Wendy should perhaps stick to art

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini with Pope Benedict in 2005 (AP)

The influential Italian Jesuit died today aged 85

A banner at a papal Mass in Benin (Photo: CNS)

On the other hand, an obituary of my chaplain in the 1960s recalls the encyclical’s very divided reception

Cardinal Levada, outgoing prefect of the CDF, looks over his correspondence (CNS)

Collaboration with the procurement if an abortion attracts automatic excommunication: has any excommunication been officially lifted? Is he in fact sorry he did it?

Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire/Press Association Images

What is sex for?

Anglicans (and Catholics) get themselves in a muddle over gay marriage because they’ve forgotten the meaning of sex

John Vianney: 'The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus' Photo: CNS photo/Crosiers

We easily forget those good priests whose reputations can be permanently tarnished by false accusations