I received this email from the CCCB publications office:
Economic realities beyond our control have led the Bishops of Canada to make a difficult decision. In the coming days, important changes will be implemented which will affect the manner in which orders are processed. We will no longer be processing orders on-site and will transfer these operations to an off-site location here in Ontario.
From 11:59 pm on Friday, October 26 until 12:00 am, November 6, 2012 our Order taking service will be closed. Neither live nor automated orders will be taken during this period. We regret this inconvenience. However, except for this brief period, no further difficulties should be encountered in this process. We thank you for your valued patronage and look forward to serving you for many years to come.
While this release is about as non-transparent as everything else the CCCB does, it appears they’re feeling some sort of money crunch, at least in the publications office, if not elsewhere in the bureaucracy. Perhaps the collection of the “Needs of the Church in Canada” wasn’t so good?
I take no pleasure in anybody losing their job, but sometimes it takes a bit of trauma to rouse people from their slumber.