Morning Catholic must-reads: 01/10/13

Pope Francis has given his second major interview in 12 days (AP)

Pope Francis has given a 4,500-word interview to the atheist co-founder of La Repubblica in which he describes the Vatican’s courtly atmosphere as “the leprosy of the papacy” (full text).

The Council of Cardinals will meet for the first time at the Vatican today, a day after the Pope officially established the new group (full text, video).

Reuters reports that the Vatican bank may close all accounts held by foreign embassies following concerns about accounts held by Iran, Iraq and Indonesia (PDF of bank’s first public annual report).

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said Pope Francis is unlikely to introduce “a sort of federalist reform” in the Church.

Moral theologian Germain Grisez argues that the Pope “has failed to consider carefully enough the likely consequences” of his major interview with Jesuit publications.

Mary Eberstadt asks if Francis is “really throwing Catholic traditionalists under the Popemobile“.

And Umberto Eco proclaims Francis “the Pope of the internet”, even though the Holy Father doesn’t use a computer.

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