Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/07/10

Fr Federico Lombardi, right, and Mgr Charles Scicluna present the new norms at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Yesterday’s new Vatican norms have provoked a welter of comment, notably from Phil Lawler, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Fr Robert Barron, John Allen, Fr John Zuhlsdorf and Robert Ventresca.

Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington explains why the new Vatican norms take the attempted ordination of women so seriously.

The Vatican has failed to send the United Nations a report on child rights that is now almost 13 years overdue, the head of a UN panel has said.

The Vicar General of the Legionaries of Christ had denied reports that the congregation’s general director knew about Fr Marcial Maciel’s double life.

The Scotsman suggests that there is a “two-tier system” for attending Masses during the Pope’s visit to Britain.

A self-proclaimed visionary has been denied entry to the church at the Marian shrine of Knock.

David Holdcroft SJ wonders whether the World Cup changed anything for South Africans.

Leading canon lawyer Dr Edward Peters responds to Ron Modras’s article asking if the penalty of excommunication has ever done any good.

Ross Douthat says believers should pray for Christopher Hitchens but resist the urge to talk about it.

Elizabeth Scalia explores “the reality of Pope Benedict”.

And UCAN News reports that Buddhist monks once sheltered Christians during the persecutions in Japan.