Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/07/11

Benedict XVI views items that belonged to Blessed Pope John Paul II at the Carlo Magno Hall yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Benedict made a surprise visit to a Vatican exhibition about Blessed Pope John Paul II on the first day of his holiday yesterday (video).

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said that two bills currently before the California legislature “represent a dangerous government intrusion into parents’ rights”.

Dylan Parry reports on a significant case at the High Court in London which could determine whether the Church is accountable under employment law for its priests’ actions.

The Revd Michael Gollop SSC, an Anglican cleric, defends a controversial £1 million donation to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Rocco Palmo assesses the challenges facing Berlin’s Archbishop-elect Rainer Maria Woelki.

Jimmy Akin obtains the full text of Fr John Corapi’s lawsuit against his accuser.

And Patrick Madrid is astonished by a video purporting to shown a Marian apparition somewhere in Africa (full video).