Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/12/11

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops (CNS photo)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has told Avvenire that candidates turn down the request to become bishops “more than I could have expected”.

Benedict XVI said that the “New Evangelisation depends largely on the domestic Church” in his address to the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family yesterday (full text, video).

Dioceses in England and Wales have been asked to pay the remaining costs of last year’s papal visit by March 2012.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville has given its 2011 Poverello Medal to Fr Benedict Groeschel.

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights has dismissed an accusation that the Catholic University of America’s single-sex dorm policy constitutes unlawful discrimination.

In an Advent reflection, Mgr Andrew Burnham says that there remain “unresolved questions for the whole ordinariate“.

John Coleman SJ celebrates the 100th birthday of Catholic convert Tennessee Williams.

Peter Freeman wonders if Mel Gibson will do justice to the story of Judah Maccabee.

And Meg Matenaer profiles the community behind Mystic Monk coffee.