Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/04/12

The USCCB headquarters in Washington DC (CNS)

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a major statement calling for a “fortnight for freedom” in defence of religious liberty (full text).

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reportedly asked the founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests to spend six weeks in a monastery reflecting on his position.

Benedict XVI has asked the CDF to examine whether Masses of the Neocatechumenal Way conform to liturgical norms, reports Sandro Magister (video).

A nun has refused to testify in the first court hearing over the alleged theft of newborn babies in 1980s Spain.

John Allen argues that Socrates would be proud of a new Vatican document on business ethics (full text).

Patrick Archbold says that this Sunday, April 15, could be a decisive date in Church history.

Francis X Rocca looks ahead to Pope Benedict’s 85th birthday on Monday.

And Fr James Martin SJ imagines the trouble he would get into if he professed his love for Jesus online.