Pope Benedict XVI announced the creation of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation yesterday. John Allen analyses the move (video, full text of papal homily).
The US Supreme Court has declined to review a case claiming that the Vatican is responsible for the actions of a clerical abuser. Jeffrey Lena, the Holy See’s lawyer, responds to the decision.
Westminster Cathedral is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its consecration this week (photo gallery).
Grant Gallicho is puzzled by yesterday’s Vatican statement “slapping” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Rod Dreher is infuriated by the rebuke, as is Andrew Sullivan.
John Allen explains why the abuse crisis is so explosive in Belgium. Time also offers analysis.
And Mark Shea says John Paul II sinned when he ignored warnings about Fr Marciel Maciel.