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Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/03/17

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life (CNS)

Catholics are failing to defend the family because they are too focused on Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, Vatican Cardinal Kevin Farrell has said.

Amoris Laetitia must be interpreted “in continuity with the preceding magisterium”, a Spanish bishop has told his flock.

The Russian Orthodox Church has said it will only baptise children of surrogates after a period of parental penance.

Giving money to beggars can sustain “a very unhealthy and degrading lifestyle”, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island has said.

Rocco Palmo urges the Church to address “the intimidation factor” that keeps people from Confession.

David Warren proposes “the Dominic option”.

And David Paul Deavel asks if we’re on the verge of a new Catholic literary revival.

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