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.
Just saw this note from Religion News Service:
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.
As the U.S., South Korea and North Korea face off amidst rising tensions, Gen. Douglas MacArthur's shadow looms large over them.
A quite fascinating piece of news analysis and history from Yoichi Shimatsu, made available through New America Media. Read the full story: MacArthur’s Ghost Haunts Korean Military Exercises.
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.
The Economist seems to be taking headline-making tips from the New York Post in this story on the Catholic church's complicated relationship with China: Bishops for pawns.
Allston-Brighton, Mass.: Concerns remain after Caritas Christi Health care sale
I was fascinated by a letter to the editor in today’s Washington Post, suggesting a way that Pope Benedict’s recent opening on the use of condoms might have wider implications.
Here is the letter in full:
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 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.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has consistently voiced opinions and insights about the sex abuse scandal in Ireland that are remarkably different from those we’ve heard from hierarchy in the United States. The expression that often captured Catholics’ exasperation with bishops’ seeming lack of understanding of the depth of the problem was “They don’t get it.”
A year after release of the Murphy Report, the results of the government investigation into clergy abuse in Dublin that was based in large part on documentation Martin gave over to investigators, the archbishop’s anguish is still evident.
In comments recently posted on the archdiocesan website, Martin wrote:
One year later, I unequivocally repeat what I said on publication of the Report: “the Archdiocese of Dublin failed to recognise the theft of childhood which survivors endured and the diocese failed in its responses to [survivors] when they had the courage to come forward, compounding the damage done to their innocence. For that no words of apology will ever be sufficient”.