Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/06/11

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli (CNS photo/Flaminia Nobili, Catholic Press Photo)

The Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, has accused Nato of bombing a Coptic church in the Libyan capital.

Belgian abuse victims have announced that they are launching legal proceedings against the Holy See in what is believed to be the first such action in Europe.

A priest in China’s central Hubei province will soon be ordained a bishop without the Pope’s approval, reports.

Thieves have broken into the rectory of the Basilica of St Rose of Lima in Buenos Aires, stealing cash and sacred vessels and threatening to kill a priest.

Fr Federico Lombardi has told Intercom magazine that Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland applies to all countries that are grappling with clerical abuse (full text of interview).

Michelle Martin explains why Catholic parents who homeschool sometimes clash with dioceses.

George Weigel responds to Catholic academics who recently criticised US House Speaker John Boehner.

And Carl Olson unveils the new website of Catholic World Report, which features a new blog.