The bishops once were known for taking years to produce book-length treatises on topics such as world peace and social injustice.
``It's time we stop killing the forests in Brazil by using up too much paper,'' Bishop Joseph Galante of Dallas, the head of communications for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Monday as the meeting got under way in the nation's capital. ``Methods of communication have changed dramatically. People want crisp, short sound bites.''
1. I seem to recall seeing a poll a couple of years after the release of the economics pastoral indicating that something like ten percent of American Catholics were aware of its existence. Forget about the trees. Beg forgiveness for the wasted time.
2. Please note the subject of the longest pamphlet. Ask why. Not that it's not an important issue - but still. Why?
3. Pamphlets are good means of communication. So are homilies and Catholic educational institutions. Imagine that, if you dare.
4. Again, pamphlets are good. I write them. Give me a call. I'll write you a good one.