House Speaker John Boehner is under fierce attack from conservatives in the blogosphere and on Twitter over his “purge” of several conservatives from top congressional committees. 
NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: celebrationpublications.org/dailybread. You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.
Lancaster: Bishop asks people to 'hit the reset button' this Advent  Every parish church open Wednesday 7-8 pm with priests waiting to hear confessions.
Australia -- Priest who resigned last year over his support for women priests offered $5000 in severence . Ministered for Melbourne archdiocese 32 years
Ireland: Priests accused of sexual abuse want their accusers identified and allegations against them in writing , says Association of Catholic Priests.