Today’s Catholic must-reads: 27/07/11

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Vatican Bishop Gianfranco Girotti has described proposals by the Irish government to violate the seal of Confession as “absurd“.

Andrea Tornielli reports that Benedict XVI thought seriously about immediately canonising John Paul II in the first weeks after his election in 2005.

Mary Kenny says that the Catholic faith will not disappear from Ireland.

The Thirsty Gargoyle explains what the Cloyne Report really says.

Fr Dwight Longenecker reacts to the discovery that mass murderer Anders Breivik read his blog.

George Weigel urges Rome to allow the beatification Cause of Francis Xavier Ford to reopen.

Ashley McGuire argues that Catholic approach to Natural Family Planning “needs a massive overhaul“.

And publisher Jonathan Lin says that a new comic book about Benedict XVI shows readers that the Pope struggles with the “same issues that the rest of us do”.