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Happy Halloween, from the USCCB

The USCCB tweeted a short time ago that they were decorating pumpkins around the office. The entry below was a favorite.


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posted October 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm

will you please tell me why THE HELL are these bishops celebrating a PAGAN celebration??? what happened to the “all hallows eve” tradition?? WHY are they celebrating PAGANISM and NOT OUR catholic christian celebration???
The Lord says “You will know them by their fruits” Matthew 7:16. Just draw your own conclusions.
[Belen…it’s not pagan. It’s Christian. Read here for more. Dcn. G.]

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posted October 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Cute.Did you see:
suggestion on how to carve a pumpkin?

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posted November 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

uhm, deacon.. “halloween” as we know it is NOT christian. It’s PAGAN. All hallows eve IS CHRISTIAN. It’s NOT the same and you know it. The thing is that you americans do not want to stop celebrating that pagan holiday. It’s TRADITIONALLY american. I can give you 100 CATHOLIC links in spanish that condemn halloween as pagan and satanic and give people ideas on how to celebrate the “all hallows eve” feast.

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posted November 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

It’s great how the USCCB employees (salaries paid by contributions to the poor starving and homeless in America, Africa, Haiti etc that we’re always hearing about at pass-the-hat-time) are celebrating Halloween on Friday October 29th (when it falls on Sunday, October 31) but U.S. Catholics won’t be celebrating All Saints Day because it falls on Monday and U.S. Bishops actually discourage daily mass attendance (even for Holy Days)…
I wonder how many USCCB priests & religious actually wear their collars/habits to the office on any day but Halloween…

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