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Dolan: truce!

The Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan is calling for a ceasefire in the Christmas war:

Obviously, I am enthusiastic about “keeping Christ in Christmas.” For those of us who believe that Jesus, the Son of God and our Savior, was born to Mary in a stable in Bethlehem 2009 years ago, we never forget what it is and why it is that we are celebrating. Christ must remain our focus. We must never let the commercial aspects of Christmas overwhelm us or cause us to think that the gift-giving and the parties are all that matters. I know that for me, as much as I look forward to spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing Christmas dinner and cheer, it all really begins deep down inside, with faith, hope and love, as we thank God for the gift of Christ, and share this sacred present with others.


However, many others don’t believe as we do but still wish to celebrate this wonderful time of the year. Parties, decorations, holiday specials, gifts – I’m all for it!

Check out the rest of his commentary here.

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posted December 8, 2009 at 9:27 am

In a country founded on Christian values those whom do not wish to celabrate the birth of Jesus most certainly don’t have to. However the rights of the majority should be protected as well and our celibrations should not be nixed. If your watching tv and a commercial comes on you dislike you are free to change the channel, but no matter how many times you call the broadcaster odds are the commercial will keep playing. So I guess you could take the station to court since for what ever your reasoning you just don’t like the commercial?

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posted December 8, 2009 at 10:05 am

I find it astonishing, and very sad, that so many, many people seem to think that their rights include the right to never have to encounter something they disagree with or dislike. Um, not so. I think you gave a marvelous example, Rick. And I don’t feel remotely guilty for feeling impatient with folks who want to get all offended by the form of another person’s offer of good wishes, whether it’s ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Happy Holidays’, or something altogether different. Whatever happened to accepting the intent – good will, in this case – and not fretting overmuch about the different cultural form in which it’s offered? Sheesh!
Go Bishop!

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posted December 8, 2009 at 10:17 am

I say a hearty AMEN ! to Archbishop Dolan’s comment. When did we Christians become so thin skinned ? Good Lord ! Some of us have become Christmas Nazi’s to use an old Seinfeld reference. If I as a Catholic Christian am strong in my faith I will not feel threatened by the beliefs or non belief of others. Merry Christmas !

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posted December 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm

So its OK to have sexually explicit billboards on public streets, to have a “God probably not exists” in buses commercial adds, to have a theather billboard announcing a play about the “Gay Jesus” or the “Vagina Monologues” and as citizens of this country we have to put up with it. But Dawkins forbid! a Christmas decoration or nativity scene? NO! what a scandal. Playboy adds yes, Christ the King, no. What a travesy!

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posted December 9, 2009 at 1:23 am

If the good bishop would get out his calendar, he would discover that we are in the season of Advent. Christmas doesn’t start until December 25, and lasts until Epiphany (the 12 days of Christmas).
I look forward to when the Knights of Columbus start handing out put the Ad back into Advent. Until then, I will continue to wish everyone a Blessed Advent.

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