Morning Catholic must-reads: 31/05/12

Investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Gianluigi Nuzzi, the Italian journalist at the centre of the “Vatileaks” scandal, has said it was his “ethical duty” to publish leaked documents revealing information about the finances and power struggles of the Vatican.

The New York Times claims that Cardinal Timothy Dolan authorised payments of up $20,000 (£13,000, €16,000) to clerical abusers as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

Tom Heneghan argues that the Vatileaks crisis highlights Pope Benedict’s failure to reform the Roman Curia.

Nigel Baker, the British ambassador to the Holy See, tells Andrea Tornielli why he decided to become the first blogging Vatican ambassador.

The New Liturgical Movement posts photos of Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke’s visit to the London Oratory last weekend.

Eric Marrapodi considers what the struggle between the Vatican and the American Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) means for the worldwide Church.

And Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, surprised protesters demonstrating against the Vatican’s overhaul of the LCWR yesterday when he invited two of them into the nunciature to discuss their concerns.

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