Code Blue: Pastoral Priorities in Action
Ask yourselves, had this priest told the kiddies that the Virgin Birth was a myth, whether the Archdiocese of Los Angeles would have "clarified" the matter the following day.
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Posted by: -
Nov. 22, 2004 9:28 PM ET USA
I agree with minidoc, my children are grown now but from an early age they knew who St Nick was and WHY we were celebrating Christmas, they do understand Jesus being born and comming down from heaven to save us from sin. Father could have been more tactful about it,but it is never too early to teach kids the real meaning of Christmas. I played Santa one year long ago and there were children who said to me when I asked what they wanted that they wanted to make a present for Baby Jesus,they knew!
Posted by: snowbird -
Nov. 22, 2004 6:06 AM ET USA
All those years in the seminary system may have brought education but they did not bring wisdom or prudence to another stellar member of the Los Angeles clergy. Can only imagine his sermon subscription service expired and he had to write something on his own. Very thoughtful of you, Father.
Posted by: -
Nov. 20, 2004 8:12 PM ET USA
So what's wrong with disabusing these kids of this pagan notion of Santa Claus? It would prepare them for the inevitable expose that their archbishop isn't Catholic! In all seriousness ... I taught my son from early on that Santa Claus is real and his real name is St. Nicholas.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Nov. 19, 2004 5:45 PM ET USA
If the pastor had said the Virgin Birth was a myth the Archdiocese of Los Angeles would not have corrected him because the Archbishop....
Posted by: -
Nov. 19, 2004 11:08 AM ET USA
I do not know whether the leaders of the Diocese of Los Angeles would have clarified the matter on the following day. I'm uncertain that they clarified this matter. 5-year old "Kiddies" may not as likely focus upon the Virgin Birth, as it isn't as clearly seen by them as the image of Santa Claus, which will be broadcast on plenty of television shows and commercials. Secondly, though children this young have the right to be virgins, they don't have the capacity to know what "virgin" means.