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Guide us to thy perfect light

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 30, 2004

As we approach the feast of the Epiphany, here's a reassuring statement from the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston*:

While there are reasons for doubting the literal historicity of the Magi in the Christmas story, it is difficult to support with evidence that there were no Magi who visited the Child. 

In short, you can't prove that the Gospel narrative about the three kings is a fairy tale.

(*- About 10 days after he released this statement, then-Bishop Fiorenza was raised by the Holy See to the rank of Archbishop.)

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 30, 2004 6:34 PM ET USA

    It's funny, the Church is so "into" ecumenism these days, but when our hierarchy makes statements like this, they actually confirm in their anti-catholic beliefs the sorts of folks who actually care enough about truth to be willing to convert to where the truth is to be found. But they hear from an Archbishop that the Catholic Church "believes" that the Bible is just a bunch of nice stories or that there is no rational basis for belief, so they continue to believe that we're not even Christians.

  • Posted by: shrink - Dec. 30, 2004 5:37 PM ET USA

    In other words, the bishop reminds us of the logical truism which is, that you can't prove that something didn't exist. OK so far, and so what? The real question is, can one prove that the Gospels recount events that actually did exist. The bishop is silent on this matter.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 30, 2004 11:48 AM ET USA

    "Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy held, and continues to hold, that the four Gospels just named, WHOSE HISTORICAL CHARACTER THE CHURCH UNHESITATINGLY ASSERTS, faithfully hand on what Jesus Christ, while living among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation until the day He was taken up into heaven." Dei Verbum, #19

  • Posted by: - Dec. 30, 2004 10:31 AM ET USA

    Whether or not Cardinal McCarrick (mentioned below) and Bishop Firenza went to the same seminary, they certainly went to the same school. Couldn't the Pope have found Catholics to put in these positions? Are there so few men to choose from that we have to accept these two?

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