Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/12/13

CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller (CNS)

Vatican doctrinal watchdog Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller has said he “did not speak of any end to the discussion” on Communion for the remarried in his article for L’Osservatore Romano in November (new German interview highlights).

Investigators found 105 “suspicious transactions” at the Vatican in 2013, compared to “only a half-dozen” in 2012, Moneyval has said (PDF of full text, René Brülhart interview).

Ukrainian Catholic bishops have condemned the use of force against protesters in Kiev yesterday.

Chris Arnade, Freddy Gray, Fr Dwight Longenecker, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Daniel McInerny, Gerard O’Connell, Abby Ohlheiser and Tim Stanley comment on the Time Person of the Year award.

Rorate Caeli argues that the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are “under severe Vatican persecution“.

Ed West says it’s shameful that Britain is not defending persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

And artist Jason Seiler explains how he created the portrait of Francis for the Time cover.

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