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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/01/12

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

By on Friday, 27 January 2012

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan has disclosed that he told Barack Obama that he felt “terribly let down, disappointed and disturbed” by the President’s decision to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilisation in health plans.

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has described the Obama administration’s ruling as “a slap in the face”.

Bishop Robert Finn, the first American bishop to face criminal charges for allegedly failing to report child abuse, will go on trial on September 24.

The Archdiocese of Vienna has apologised after a priest published the names of those who had formally left the Church.

Fr Bismarque Dias, a Catholic priest running for office in the Indian state of Goa, has received threats ahead for an election in March.

John Allen analyses the Vatican’s firm response to an Italian television programme alleging financial corruption in Vatican City State.

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz explains how he revived his Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

And Matthew Archbold steels himself for a new Hollywood horror film called The Vatican.