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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/07/10

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

By on Friday, 9 July 2010

Belgian police officers stand outside the residence of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels (CNS)

Belgian police officers stand outside the residence of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels (CNS)

Cardinal Godfried Danneels is lodging a civil complaint for breach of confidentiality after it emerged that a picture of a naked girl found on his computer was simply an automatically downloaded work of art.

The New York Times has published another scathing editorial about Pope Benedict and the abuse crisis.

A Catholic priest and a nun have been stabbed to death at a nursing home in northern China.

A Scottish bishop has insisted that the Pope’s visit to Britain will “justify the costs“.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has become possibly the first bishops’ conference in the world to issue guidelines on social media.

The National Catholic Reporter argues that the abuse crisis has caused the “culture of clericalism” to implode.

Phil Lawler predicts that the media will misreport the imminent new Vatican guidelines on abuse.

Edward Pentin says the papal visit to Britain could be the most historically significant trip of his pontificate.

Jack Valero reflects on Cardinal Newman’s intense brotherly love for Fr Ambrose St John.

Fr Z ponders reports that the CDF is preparing to issue new guidance on the attempted ordination of women and canon law.

George Weigel suggests that Pope Benedict is far more media-savvy than most pundits think.

And Deacon Greg Kandra introduces the priest “who spreads the Gospel like a gangster”.