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Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/05/11

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella is president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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

Kenya’s clerical abuse cases should have been handled with more transparency

Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi says he does not know the reasons why his predecessor, Bishop Cornelius Schilder, retired early. Bishop Schilder is accused of sexual abuse (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

RTE’s programme about abuse in Africa showed two very different ways of handling the problem: facing up to it or keeping it quiet

The Cambridge chaplain is right to accept female servers at Tridentine Masses

Altar servers pictured at an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

I agree with Fr Alban McCoy’s decision even though I am not, in fact, in favour of altar girls

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/05/11

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after the Regina Caeli yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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

My ideas for David and Samantha Cameron’s DVD collection: Of Gods and Men would be a good start

The Camerons: their book and DVD collection was on show in the papers this week (PA photo)

Their collection at the moment is very low brow, with one notable exception

Clerical child abuse still needs to be addressed: but it is now much more a question for society at large

A copy of the most recent John Jay report into the causes of the clerical abuse crisis in the United States (Photo: CNS)

The trouble with scapegoats is that they deflect attention from the real problem

Shakespeare is for all time; Britten is of ours

The ENO's new production of Britten's opera is set in a boys' school

The ENO’s reductive production of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes the composer very much of our time

Obama’s speech in Westminster Hall was heavy: but his big speech in Ireland was simply fraudulent

President Obama drinks a Guinness in Hayes Bar in Moneygall, County Offaly, during his visit to Ireland (Photo: Press Association)

Obama’s crude bid for the Irish American vote deserves to fail

Could we re-learn respect and modesty by covering our heads at Mass?

Could we re-learn respect and modesty by covering our heads at Mass?

Now that the bishops have reinstated fish on Fridays, the tradition of wearing a head covering at Mass could also be revived

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

Sins are not meant to be a form of public entertainment

The existence of the seal of the confessional reminds us that these things belong firmly in the internal forum