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Australian priests ‘willing to go to jail’ rather than break seal of confessional

'When the state tries to intervene on our religious freedom, undermine the essence of what it means to be a Catholic, we will resist'

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/06/18

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

Pope Francis met brother of Chilean abuser priest

The brother of Fr Karadima said the Pope expressed his sorrow at the pain the family had endured

Critics plan rival conference to World Meeting of Families in Dublin

The parallel conference will feature Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Cardinal Burke

Christian law school loses religious freedom fight at Canadian Supreme Court

Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the school could be denied accreditation because of its religious views

Australian priests ‘willing to go to jail’ rather than break seal of confessional

‘When the state tries to intervene on our religious freedom, undermine the essence of what it means to be a Catholic, we will resist’

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/06/18

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

Pope says abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent of Nazi eugenics

Francis deplores rejection of unborn children with disabilities

Allowing children to skip Mass is like letting them not brush their teeth, theologian tells parents

Fr Oliver Treanor said Catholic parents must make their children go to Mass, even if they don’t want to

US returns stolen Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican

The letter details Columbus’s discoveries in the New World

Argentina’s bishops pledge to fight on after abortion vote

The bishops said they would ‘continue fighting for the dignity of all human life’

Vatican reports ‘crisis of vocations’ as seminarian numbers fall worldwide

The number of seminarians has declined since 2012, but overall the Catholic population has remained steady

Hundreds of British priests sign statement backing Humanae Vitae

‘This marks an important moment for the Church in this country,’ one priest said

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Even the most saintly Catholic families have their problems

Don’t be put off by extraordinary examples of holy families. They had plenty of troubles too.

Australia must realise: priests will never break the seal of the confessional

If the Australian state wants to make martyrs over the seal, it will find plenty of candidates

Popular devotions are back

As a new generation a priests revive beauty, the Church is undergoing a restoration

Why 1 in 10 new priests in the US come from homeschooling families

The number is staggering, considering there is only one homeschooler for every 20 students in Catholic schools

How one man gave up spirituality for the sake of real religion

Tyler Blanski writes of a journey from indifference to Catholicism

The Catholic who painted Thatcher, the Queen and two popes

Michael Noakes, who has died aged 84, had a great interest in people, and it showed in his art

Does Leo Varadkar want to close all of Ireland’s Catholic hospitals?

If Varadkar forces them to perform abortions, they cannot stay Catholic

Italy is now governed by rosary-wielding populists – but will it last?

Can the coalition between the Catholic-friendly Lega and the socially liberal Five Star survive?

The mutant ideology that’s driving MPs to impose abortion on Northern Ireland

The ‘alt-liberals’ are all-knowing, self-regarding and autocratic

The Catholic visionary who founded the World Cup

Inspired by Pope Leo XIII, Jules Rimet created a tournament that brought warring nations together

Spain’s new atheist Prime Minister spells trouble for the Church

Pedro Sánchez has adopted an aggressively secular agenda

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