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Overdoing Advent


Is it just me, or do more people have their Christmas trees all decorated, their lights all up and their shopping all done this year? More and more of my Facebook friends seem to have finished their Christmas preparations before the Thanksgiving leftovers are even gone.

Update: WikiLeaks and the Vatican


Just saw this note from Religion News Service:

(Contrary to many news reports, including that linked to below, these documents were NOT part of the Wikileaks trove, but were obtained by La Stampa using the less glamorous method of a FOIA request. However, the Italian newspaper, capitalizing on its lucky timing, ran a headline that suggested otherwise.)

The U.K. newspaper Catholic Herald is reporting that the Italian newspaper La Stampa has found among the U.S. State Department memos on WkikiLeaks, a telegram from Rome to Washington dated April 19, 2005, that said Rome-based diplomats were "shocked" and "speechless" about the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as pope.

Carol Luebering, author, dies


Carol Luebering, prolific author on the topic of bereavement, death and dying and a longtime contributor to Celebration Publications, died Nov. 24, at her home in Cincinnati after a year-long battle with lung cancer. She was 75.

Luebering was an author and editor at St. Anthony Messenger Press when, in 1985, she began writing Sunday scriptural reflections for “The Caring Community,” a large-print pastoral newsletter for the hospitalized and homebound published by Celebration Publications, a subsidiary of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Co.

Is thought dead?


The Internet, Twitter and social networks must be killing all nuanced thought. Must be, because very smart people keep saying this.

The latest is social critic and historian Neal Gabler, writing in the Los Angeles Times. Gabler touts the Zuckerberg Revolution (named after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg) as the follow-up of the Gutenberg Revolution that was sparked by the invention of movable type and the printed word.

NCR Web columnist on the radio


NCR Web columnist Phyllis Zagano did some radio work over the weekend, discussing Pope Benedict XVI and condoms with 1010 WINS in New York and the CBS program "Weekend Roundup."

In the Roundup, Zagano comes in near the end of Segment Two (about 15 minutes in) with a straight forward message: Catholic teaching is you cannot knowingly infect another person with a disease, so just as you wear a face mask in a flu epidemic, one must use a condom if necessary to protect the other person.

Listen here.


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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS