Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/02/13

Archbishop Gomez greets Cardinal Mahony in May 2010 (AP)

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all public duties and removed an auxiliary bishop after files suggested they had discussed how to prevent police from investigating abuse.

Rocco Palmo, Mark Shea, Greg Kandra and Joanne McPortland comment on Archbishop Gomez’s move.

The Obama administration will alter its controversial contraception mandate today, allowing groups with religious affiliations to opt out, CNN reports.

The food chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn a brand of potato chips called “Virgin Mary” from its outlets after complaints.

The Pope appointed Nigerian Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith yesterday.

Michael Coren argues that Catholics “may win the Pius wars, but our enemies will simply find another battleground on which to fight“.

Simcha Fisher reviews Christopher West’s new book, which weaves together St Thérèse of Lisieux, Benedict XVI, Bruce Springsteen and the Bangles.

And Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has announced that he is listening to Amy Winehouse CDs in an effort to understand youth culture.

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