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

Three bishops of the Society of St Pius X have written to the superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, urging him not to reconcile the SSPX with Rome.

Benedict XVI formally inscribed Hildegard of Bingen into the catalogue of saints yesterday, more than 800 years after her death in 1179 (video).

The Pope also authorised the promulgation of decrees concerning 17 other Causes, including that of an Italian layman killed in hatred of the faith in Germany in 1944.

The Vatican is investigating seven Legion of Christ priests for alleged sexual abuse of minors, the Associated Press reports.

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) ended its meeting in Hong Kong yesterday, declaring that it intends to promote the reception of its existing work around the world (full text of communiqué).

Cardinal Francis George has named the prominent Catholic communicator Fr Robert Barron as the new rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Duncan MacLaren, a former secretary general of Caritas Internationalis, has strongly criticised the Holy See’s decision to take “bureaucratic control” of the humanitarian group (PDF of article).

John Allen reveals the names that keep coming up in Rome when discussion turns to the next pope.

And Jeffrey Tucker argues that copyright law is having a devastating effect on Catholic art and literature.