Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/08/11

Benedict XVI waves during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Benedict XVI issued another appeal for those suffering from famine in the Horn of Africa at the Angelus yesterday.

Dutch prosecutors have decided not to bring criminal charges against Bishop Cornelius Schilder, who was accused of sexual abuse while serving in Kenya.

Some 181,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church in 2010, almost double the number in 2009.

The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance has appealed for a judicial inquiry into the assassination of Catholic minister Shahbaz Bhatti in March.

Vatican Insider reports on a “heated argument” between Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch and Rome’s chief rabbi Riccardo di Segni.

Eric Giunta responds to a hair-raising exposé of Miami archdiocese by the website Gawker.

George Weigel argues that the Irish hierarchy should be replaced by bishops from outside Ireland.

George Pitcher, until recently an adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, says that the Vatican’s response to the Irish abuse crisis is “repentance-lite”.

Stratford Caldecott sings the praises of Communio,”one of the great resources of modern Catholic thought”.

And Fr Federico Lombardi says that World Youth Day is about to embrace its third generation of young people.