Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/08/10

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at a public rally yesterday after the Prop 8 ruling (AP Photo/Adam Lau)

The California Catholic Conference has expressed disappointment at yesterday’s ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Tim Drake wonders what the Church should do next.

The new secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has admitted that his appointment is a reflection of “just how badly” US women religious have reacted to the apostolic visitation.

Abuse victims have urged Pope Benedict again to remove Cardinal Bernard Law as archpriest of the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome.

The BBC examines the clash between Church and state over sex education in the Philippines.

Mark Entwhistle suggests Michael Ancram might be Britain’s next ambassador to the Holy See.

John Allen provides background on the meeting of 50,000 altar servers in Rome.

Victor Gaetan begins a major series on the Catholic Church in Cuba.

A W Richard Sipe considers whether the raid on the Belgian Church was justified.

Ross Douthat asks whether T S Eliot is too Christian for Yale University Press.

And Fr Joseph Komonchak chooses his favourite passages from Newman’s writings.