Here in Iowa winter has finally arrived. Earlier this month there were record breaking high temperatures; a few days there the high during the day was in the upper fifties. But it did not last and the mercury bottomed out this last week at the same time as a few rounds of snow have covered up the faded greens and browns.
For those of you who are interested in such things, a consistory has been announced and with it the list of cardinals-to-be. It's a pretty underwhelming list of names even when considered in the best light.
More recently, the Vatican approved certain 'celebrations' of the Neocatechumenal Way (Wiki link). Again, that is looking at it in the best light in that 'celebration' does not mean the infamous form of Mass to which the Way subscribes. On the other hand, many are of the opinion that it is an outright approval and even if it is not, the devotees of the Way will view this Vatican approval as general vindication, ignoring the subtleties of it.
Finally, this morning it is being reported by various sources that former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno is dead. There were erroneous reports that he died last night. Earlier this autumn, Paterno was fired after being caught up in the Sandusky sexual abuse case. The former coach, a Catholic, received the Last Rites. Requiescat in pace.