Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/10/10

Cardinal Keith O'Brien (David Cheskin/PA Wire)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of St Andrews and Edinburgh has appealed for an independent inquiry into the conviction of Lockerbie bomber.

The man accused of stabbing a 69-year-old Canadian bishop has appeared in court.

The Jerusalem Post has urged the Pope to distance himself from controversial comments by a Greek Melkite archbishop at the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East.

Benedict XVI has expressed concern at violent clashes over the opening of a rubbish tip near Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

The Pope has praised the German theologian Erik Peterson, who died 50 years ago.

Catholics in the Swiss city of Lucerne have created controversy after they distributed 3,000 condoms as part of an anti-Aids campaign.

Hundreds of gay campaigners are planning to kiss in front of the Pope when he visits Spain next month.

Fr James Martin SJ says that “web-based McCarthyism” is on the rise in the Catholic blogosphere.

Valle Adurni argues that Catholic bloggers will not reform the Church by condemnation alone.

And Fr Ray Blake says that the Personal Ordinariate is the most exciting event in the English Catholic Church since the restoration of the hierarchy in 1850.