Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/03/11

Copies of Pope Benedict XVI's new book on display the Vatican bookshop (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Vatican launched Benedict XVI’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth Part Two, yesterday, prompting comment from Fr James Schall SJ, Eric Sammons, Rabbi Eugene Korn, John Allen, Marcel Lejeune, Pia de Solenni, Kevin Clarke and Sister Anne.

Robert Mickens reports that the Vatican will soon direct bishops around the world to ensure that all seminarians are taught Latin and can celebrate the Extraordinary Form Mass.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston says that the abuse scandal in Philadelphia is “so disappointing to all of us, to the whole Church“.

Zenit publishes the full text of Pope Benedict’s Ash Wednesday homily.

Peter Kreeft compares Christianity and the “new paganism”.

Stephen Fry insists that he doesn’t dislike Catholics.

Professor Robert Vischer asks whether progressives have abandoned liberty of conscience.

And two Polish men have begun a 900-mile foot pilgrimage to Rome for the beatification of John Paul II.