Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/05/12

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (Mazur/

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, has said that Christians must not be “forced to live according to the new secular religion” prevailing in Britain (link to full text of lecture).

The Vatican has dismissed Raymond Lahey, the Canadian bishop convicted of importing child pornography, from the clerical state.

Leaders of the Legionaries of Christ knew that the prominent American priest Fr Thomas Williams had fathered a child for many months before they acknowledged it in public, reports Reuters.

The Pope attended a screening of the new film Mary of Nazareth at the Vatican last night.

Laurie Goodstein reports on the growing row over Jesuit Georgetown University’s decision to invite US health secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address students.

Joshua Gonnerman, a doctoral student at the Catholic University of America, argues that Christians shouldn’t dismiss controversial commentator Dan Savage.

Fr Robert Barron says that he was struck by the vitality of the Catholic Church in England during his recent visit (video).

And discover which cardinal Dominican theologian Yves Congar described as “an imbecile, a sub-human” and a “wretched freak” during the Second Vatican Council.