Monks and Christmas trees: More than just a business

To kick off your Christmas season, St. Anthony Messenger magazine offers a feature on a group of monks near Chicago who have run a Christmas tree farm for almost 40 years. The article says selling Christmas trees “is more than just a business.”

Double standard in coverage of sex abuse?

This fall’s Associated Press stories about sex abuse in the public schools have been called a wake-up call for the nation, but now the National Catholic Register is wondering if the news media are being unfair by not giving the same attention to the AP stories that they did to the priest abuse problem over the past five years.

This week in Origins

Here’s the rundown for the latest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service dated Dec. 6:

  • Muslim scholars have proposed that love of God and neighbor be the basis for a dialogue with Christians. Key to the outcome of such a dialogue, says the Vatican’s U.N. ambassador, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, is whether the understanding of these terms leads to recognition of the human dignity of every person. (Subscribers: Click here)
  • Contemporary society’s failure to give questions of meaning their proper weight has led to a false conflict between religion and the secular, says Irish Bishop Donal Murray of Limerick. He says the real conflict is between searchers of deeper meaning and those who believe human life has no meaning beyond what can be measured, analyzed and scientifically proven, and it puts at risk the health of secular society. (Subscribers: Click here)
  • In a letter to teenagers, the U.S. bishops describe the challenge of being a disciple. (Subscribers: Click here)
  • The Maryland Catholic Conference notes that tensions and confusions have followed the movement of the national immigration debate into neighborhoods, schools, churches and homes. It urges Catholics to join in honest, respectful and prayerful discussion of their concerns — and to see in each other the face of Christ. (Subscribers: Click here)

People need God to have hope, pope says in new encyclical

Click here for our main story on the pope’s new encyclical.