In case you missed them… from the Cardinal Sarah celibacy book scandal to a secret meeting of an anti-Francis cabal in Portugal to an Austrian cardinal on the Last Judgment, here are Novena’s ten most-read stories in January:

10. Feminist French Church reform campaigner: “Pedophilia is a symptom of an inward-focused, masculine clerical culture”

9. French women denounce exclusion as Eucharistic ministers: “It calls into question the equal dignity of the baptised”

8. German bishop recognises women’s exclusion from ordination “fundamentally unjust and inappropriate”

7. In midst of Sarah scandal, Pope laments “much harm” done by “incoherent and schizophrenic” pastors

6. Austrian Church faces mass exodus: 68,000 Catholics left in 2019

5. Benedict and Sarah lose out on celibacy: Francis ready to approve married priests

4. Protestants invited to take communion at first Catholic Mass in Geneva cathedral since Reformation

3. 110 bishops conspire in “secret” ultraconservative rival to Francis economy conference

2. Jorge Mario Bergoglio saved Jesuits from 2007 Vatican intervention: book

1. Austrian cardinal says Last Judgment about having fed hungry and clothed naked, not sexual orientation

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