Highlights from the week online

Not Blessed yet

Should Fr Jacques Hamel be referred to as “Blessed” since the Pope referred to him as such? That’s the question asked by Fr John Zuhlsdorf at wdtprs.com/blog.

While Fr Z believes that the priest who was murdered for his Christian faith is most likely a martyr, he reminds readers that a formal procedure needs to be followed in the Church before someone can officially be called “Blessed”. He writes: “The Pope must exercise his office in a prudent, responsible way lest confusion be sown. If he is sloppy about law and doctrine, people can become confused.” He concluded: “Meanwhile, it really does seem that Fr Hamel is a martyr, doesn’t it? It wouldn’t surprise me at all were Francis to accelerate the process.”

Callous Romans

When historian Tom Holland was growing up, the dinosaurs presented a problem for his Christian faith, as did the writers of the Enlightenment that he so admired. In his early career, Holland explained in the New Statesman, he delved into the world of classical antiquity but soon began to find the values of Leonidas and Caesar “alien and unsettling”.

​How to continue reading…

This article appears in the Catholic Herald magazine - to read it in full subscribe to our digital edition from just 30p a week

The Catholic Herald is your essential weekly guide to the Catholic world; latest news, incisive opinion, expert analysis and spiritual reflection