Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/11/11

Members of the Community of the Beatitudes in Denver, the first house in the United States (CNS photo by James Baca, Denver Catholic Register)

The Community of the Beatitudes has announced that its founder, Gérard Croissant, and other senior members committed acts of sexual abuse.

Four archbishops are resisting Vatican plans to reduce the number of Irish dioceses drastically, the Irish Catholic reports.

Church leaders in Kerala have expressed shock after a nun who campaigned for tribal people against a mining company was hacked to death in her home.

A 10-year-old Colombian girl who was prayed for by the Pope when she was seized by kidnappers will attend a papal Mass after she was freed last month.

Archbishop Robert Le Gall of Toulouse has condemned a provocative play about Jesus, Golgota Picnic, which is being performed in the French city.

Parishioners at a church earmarked for closure in Massachusetts say they “feel like the Alamo“.

Jeffrey Tucker and Dale Ahlquist examine the history of the Church’s teaching on usury.

Dylan Parry urges Rome to appoint a native Welsh speaker to the Diocese of Wrexham in Wales.

And Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele, has attended a day-long conference on the spirituality of “the Boss” at a Catholic church in New Jersey.