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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 23, 2009

 Did they break out the Yuletide quaffs a bit early at the editorial offices of L’Osservatore Romano?

No, that can’t be the explanation, because this has been going on all year. Along with its more serious offenses—such as proclaiming that President Obama does not favor legal abortion—the Vatican newspaper has been prone to juvenile enthusiasms: praise for the film Easy Rider, a tribute to the Beatles, a starry-eyed elegy for Michael Jackson. And now we’re told that The Simpsons is “profound.” That’s the sort of statement a dim college freshman might make at 3 am, after too much… something.

Pulleeze, somebody put a grown-up in charge!

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 23, 2009 6:55 PM ET USA

    I was wondering where all the tassel loafers had gone. They're on the feet of editorial staffers of L'Osservatore.