Colleague Tim Brunk and I were separately contacted by Catholic News Service staffer Carol Zimmerman to provide information and commentary on the Advent season. For my part, I spoke with Carol on the phone for nearly an hour, while Tim provided input via email (a third person consulted was Paulist Father Larry Rice).
To date, Ms. Zimmerman has published two articles from what I can safely assume was a significant amount of historical, liturgical, and theological input: “Catholic liturgies avoid Christmas decorations, carols in Advent” and “Advent: liturgical season with two parts and tools to help.”
Having done many of these sorts of interviews with a range of media reporters, I find myself intrigued by what a given writer (undoubtedly with her/his editor) chooses to include in the highly limited column-inches or minutes (often, seconds!) at her/his disposal. The questions reporters ask about Christian liturgy and sacraments, I find, provide this academic liturgical theologian vital feedback on what the wider population (Christian and, often, wider) find of interest and importance.