Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/10/12

Cardinal Dolan, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at last night's dinner (AP)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan sat between US president Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney at the Al Smith Dinner last night (video).

John Haldane, the Scottish philosopher and adviser to the Pontifical Council for Culture, has called for the admission of married men to the priesthood in the Latin Church.

Cardinal Peter Turkson has defended his decision to screen a controversial YouTube film about Muslim demographics at the synod of bishops on the new evangelisation.

A major film about the Boston Globe’s exposure of the US clerical abuse scandal could be released next year.

Colleen Carroll Campbell explains why Pope Benedict is giving pride of place to women saints at this month’s celebrations in Rome.

Alessandro Speciale marvels at a new Vatican exhibition of papal vehicles.

And John Allen says that, even though the synod of the bishops “isn’t exactly a laugh riot”, an Indonesian bishop managed to provoke “heartfelt laughter” during his speech.

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