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A high view of St Peter's square (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/08/10

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

Pope Benedict is the object of widespread calumnies

The priority is to start the fightback over child abuse

Vatican issues revised abuse norms

Mgr Charles Scicluna presents revisions to the media

To the outside world, the Vatican has lumped together child abuse and the ordination of women

There is a great deal of good in these new norms. If only the Vatican had issued two separate documents

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's chief prosecutor for clerical sex abuse, left, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: AP/Andrew Medichini)

New norms also strengthen penalty for attempting to ordain women as clergy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (CNS photo/Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/07/10

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

Bishop of St Pölten promises justice for abused

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's chief prosecutor of clerical sexual abuse, kneels at a service for victims in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Isabella Bonotto, Catholic Press Photo)

Revisions will also add the attempted ordination of women to list of most serious crimes against Church law

Cardinal Danneels is pictured on a magazine cover at the St Rombouts Cathedral in Mechelen (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Cardinal Godfried Danneels is questioned for 10 hours as investigators continue on aggressive abuse investigation

Pope Benedict XVI pictured with Cardinal William Levada

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