Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/02/11

Prime Minister David Cameron. Left, listens to the Pope during the departure ceremony at Birmingham Airport last September (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

The Guardian reports that the Pope’s state visit to Britain last September cost the taxpayer £7m ($11m, €8m), excluding security.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has called for greater transparency in Church finances.

Habeeb Mohammed Hadi Ali Al-Sadr, the Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See, has said that “an Iraq without Christians is an Iraq without identity“.

Zenit publishes the full text of Pope Benedict’s general audience address on St John of the Cross.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has suspended three priests accused in a grand jury report of molesting children.

The United States Conference of Catholics Bishops has updated its position on global climate change.

Mgr Georg Gänswein, the Pope’s personal secretary, has received an honorary doctorate in “communications systems in international relations”.

The Irish Independent interviews lawyer Jeff Anderson about his “28-year battle against paedophile priests”.

David Gibson investigates the case of Fr Thomas Euteneuer, the former leader of Human Life International.

Patrick Archbold says he is not convinced by the moral arguments against the undercover video stings of Live Action.

Russell Shaw claims that new evidence suggests that the Pontifical Commission on Birth Control was stacked in favour of changing Church teaching.

Robert George asks whether the West is in decline because it has lost touch with its Christian roots.

George Weigel salutes the late Sargent Shriver.

Fr John Zuhlsdorf addresses rumours that the Vatican is preparing an Instruction that waters down the provisions of Summorum Pontificum.

And the publisher of Jesus of Nazareth Part II in Britain explains how Benedict XVI writes his books.