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Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/03/13

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

By on Monday, 25 March 2013

A statue of Archbishop Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

A statue of Archbishop Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

An overflow crowd attended Mass yesterday at the hospital chapel in San Salvador where Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated 33 years ago to the day.

American Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa has postponed plans to require teachers to affirm Church teaching publicly.

Ugandan Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga of Kampala has suspended a priest who wrote an open letter saying “it is an open secret that many Catholic priests and some bishops, in Uganda and elsewhere, no longer live celibate chastity” (full text of letter).

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has said that “the Pope has started well” but “the serious business” lies ahead.

John Allen says it’s unlikely that Pope Francis used the widely quoted phrase “The carnival is over”.

Piers Paul Read considers why the new Pope has referred to the Devil frequently since his election.

And Carol Glatz discovers that the Pope “makes fantastic stuffed calamari“.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day