Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/08/13

Coptic Pope Tawadros II (AP)

Coptic Pope Tawadros II has cancelled weekly public meetings because he fears his flock may be attacked, reports BBC News.

Pope Francis issued a motu proprio yesterday concerning “money-laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” (full text, press release).

The National Catholic Reporter has obtained the transcript of Vatican Cardinal João Braz de Aviz’s address to the International Union of Superiors General in May.

Sandro Magister suggests that Pope Francis is bypassing the Vatican secretariat of state and governing through a “miniscule but highly active” alternative “segretariola”.

Theodore Dalrymple accuses the Pope of “elevating feeling over thought” during his visit to the migrant island of Lampedusa last month.

Michael Sean Winters argues that “a section of the Catholic Left” is also disappointed with Pope Francis.

And Brandon Vogt passes on Peter Kreeft’s list of the philosophy books you need to read.

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The next Morning Catholic must-reads will be on Monday, August 26.