I am a big fan of my local bishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. When he mounts the pulpit, you know you are going to get a truly fine sermon. He has made some tough, necessary decisions on school closings and the like, but has done so with a minimum of rancor. He is also really smart, and that goes a long way in my book.
But I just learned that the Midnight Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral this year has been scheduled for 10 p.m. We all like a good night's rest, but sticking to the idea that Midnight Mass should be at Midnight is a good way to say that on this one night, we should not be thinking of accomodating our schedules. The Cardinal gets a rare thumbs-down on this one.