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Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/01/12

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

By on Friday, 6 January 2012

Benedict XVI blesses the congregation after this morning's Mass

Benedict XVI blesses the congregation after this morning's Mass

Benedict XVI said that a bishop “must be a man with a restless heart” as he ordained the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, at St Peter’s Basilica this morning (full text of homily).

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will issue a list of pastoral recommendations tomorrow for celebrating the Year of Faith.

Catholic World Report interviews Dave Pierre, author of a hard-hitting new book about false abuse allegations against priests.

Philip Lawler comments on the 10th anniversary of the first reporting of the Boston clerical abuse scandal.

Canon lawyer Edward Peters argues that the resignation of Bishop Gabino Zavala after the disclosure that he fathered two children is irrelevant to the debate about priestly celibacy.

British blogger Dylan Parry explains why he wants Rick Santorum to be the next Catholic president of the United States.

And Kathryn Harrison reflects on Joan of Arc’s enduring power on the 600th anniversary of the saint’s birth.