Advent with NCR: O Dawning Light, O Sacred Presence -- Daily reflections
Irish Catholic Watchdog Issues Child Abuse Report  -- 325 Christian Brothers accused of abuse since 1975; 12 faced criminal charges
Acton Institute President Fr. Robert A. Sirico Responds to Rush Limbaugh on Pope Francis, ‘Evangelii Gaudium’  (audio)
Harrisburg, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's House of Representatives advanced several pieces of a child-abuse reform package  stemming from the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy scandals.
MTVU, the music channel for university students, Pope Francis and New Zealand pop singer Lorde as its man and woman of the year. 
Commentary: Inequality works for me!  by Joe Ferullo
Scotland: Church closures threat as priest numbers halved 
Conversations with Sr. Camille: After daughter's murder, mother finds comfort in God, family 
So much news from Australia, which has convened a Royal Commission to investigate child sexual abuse:
- Catholic bishop chided for semantic argument on church responsibility 
- Royal commission hears evidence about the Catholic church's dealings with victims  Priest allegedly told abuse victim: 'look for someone your own age'
- Jennifer Ingham wants to know why one good, fearless person never stepped up against the wrongs and depravities in the Catholic Church. 
- Church's insurance company instructed a bishop to delete an admission that church officials had been warned about a pedophile priest from a letter of apology sent to one of the man's victims.
Pencil Preaching  is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.
Daily Bread  is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.