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Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/07/10

Vatican Radio towers are seen in a suburb north of Rome (Photo: CNS)

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

Fr Ian Ker brings clarity to the question of Newman and his male friends

Cardinal Newman was played by Derek Jacobi in the radio play Gerontius. He came across as fey, self-absorbed and querulous (CNS)

If you caught the Radio 4 play about Newman, you have all the more reason to read this new booklet

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/07/10

Pope Benedict pictured with the Latin Patriarch (far right)

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

Mel Gibson’s traditionalism seems to be feeding his demons

Mel Gibson and his (former) girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva in January (Photo: PA)

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that Mel is in trouble. And his Holy Family Church is not helping

Another step forward for the Apostolic Constitution

The Archbishop of Canterbury addresses the General Synod (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

And poor old Rowan Williams is slapped down again

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/07/10

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

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

Vatican ready to welcome Ann Widdecombe as ambassador

There is no reason why the Holy See should reject Ann Widdecombe as Britain's next ambassador (Photo: PA)

But she might not be the only name on the table

Vatican’s chief auditor oversees reform of the Legion

Vatican’s chief auditor oversees reform of the Legion

Archbishop Velasio de Paolis confirmed as papal delegate to Legionaries

Cardinal Sodano is a catastrophe waiting to happen

Cardinal Sodano has blocked investigations of child abuse by senior Church figures (Photo: CNS)

His sinister record would give the press a field day if he was left in charge of the conclave

Priests care for the people, but who cares for priests?

Priests are increasingly isolated and often have no one to whom they can bare their soul (Photo:AP)

Clergy need a forum where they can express their fears and anxieties freely, says Ulick Loring