Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/06/12

Bishop Gerhard Müller speaks to reporters in 2010 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope confirmed the appointment of Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith yesterday (analysis by Rocco Palmo and John Allen, comment by Fr John Zuhlsdorf, Fr Tim Finigan and David Werling).

Pope Benedict removed the 52-year-old Slovakian Archbishop Róbert Bezák of Trnava yesterday for reportedly mismanaging his diocese (analysis by John Allen).

Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican today to begin his summer holiday at Castel Gandolfo.

Less than two thirds of Brazilians identify themselves as Catholics today, compared to 92 per cent in 1970, the latest census has disclosed.

The “Nuns on the Bus” finished their road trip across America with a rally in Washington DC yesterday.

Marco Tosatti reports on an Indian diocese that has seen a surge in converts following a series of alleged miracles.

William Doino Jr argues that John XXIII was no “papal Santa Claus”.

Fr Robert Barron applauds Ross Douthat’s new book on the shortcomings of American Christianity (video).

And blogger Jason L explains why St Thomas Aquinas is a like a pint of Guinness.

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The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Thursday, July 5