Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/01/12

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

Benedict XVI urged the US bishops to defend the “most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion” in an ad limina address yesterday (full text, video)

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has said that it will not spend a controversial £1 million ($1.5 million, €1.2 million) donation until the Charity Commission has completed an investigation.

Agnostic philiosopher Guillermo Hurtado says that he was moved when he heard Benedict XVI’s reflection on agnosticism in Assisi last October.

Redemptorist Fr Desmond de Souza fears that the Catholic Church in Asia is falling to address clerical abuse.

Sandro Magister argues that the Year of Faith confirms that Benedict XVI is committed to reforming the Church.

David Quinn says that if Ireland’s main seminary is reformed effectively it could be as dynamic as the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

And Dylan Parry explains why a carving of St Thomas More’s pet monkey was removed from Westminster Cathedral.