Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/11/11

US bishops celebrate Mass at the start of their annual autumn plenary meeting in Baltimore, Maryland (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

The greatest challenge facing the American hierarchy is to “renew the appeal of the Church“, Archbishop Timothy Dolan said yesterday in an address on the opening day of the US bishops’ plenary meeting (full text).

The US bishops have launched new website, Marriage: Unique for a Reason, supporting traditional marriage.

A judge has dismissed a criminal case against Fr Fernando Karadima, one of Chile’s most prominent priests, because the statute of limitations on sexual abuse allegations has expired.

A judge may decide the fate of the Crystal Cathedral, a landmark of American Protestantism, after the Catholic Diocese of Orange increased its bid for the building to $57.5m (£36m, €42m).

Heinrich Himmler’s First Holy Communion certificate will be auctioned in Shropshire, England, on Thursday.

And Graeme Hamilton investigates whether Catholic-inspired swearwords will disappear in secular Quebec.