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Christmas Homily

Just before Christmas each year, the Pope gives his Christmas Eve homily.  It is rather short and is on the web.  You can find it if you want, just do a Google search on “Christmas Eve Homily”.  I read it.

There are a number of things that I might take issue with, but the most glaring to me was the following:

The pope was talking about the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and, specifically the entrance, which is 1-½ meters high (a bit less than 5-feet ).

Part of his homily states:

It seems to me that a deeper truth is revealed here, which should touch our hearts on this holy night: if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness.

This is quite interesting.  “We must dismount from “ ‘enlightened’ reason.”  What is he trying to tell me?  Shall I dispense with truth?  That is quite a statement coming from someone who has shielded pedophiles for years.

So, is “reason” some sort of nastiness or snobbishness?  We need to abandon reason so that we can find the god-child?  Shall we be stupid and ignorant so that Pope Ratzinger can go on wearing his white robe with the glossy red slippers?

What is he saying?  I think that he is beseeching us all to ditch the one thing about us that might make us superior to our pets — the ability to reason.  He is suggesting that we be stupid and ignorant so that he can go on selling his protection racket, known as “The Church”.

Thank you, your holiness, but I think I’ll take a pass on that one.

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One comment on “Christmas Homily

  1. The word church is defined as an aggregation of people, and when people come together we always have the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Catholic church is no different. There are unsavory people everywhere even in our own families, another sort of church. As for pedophiles and the Vatican protecting them, it is inexcusable. Even our own government is afraid to bring charges on offending priests just because they are part of the church. Where is it written that priests can molest children and get away with it?

    As for the Pope wanting people to get down from their high horse, not to question, that is not going to happen., not in today’s world of Internet where everything is followed by a question mark. Church leaders need to understand that the days of blind obedience in the name of faith are over. The question now is how will this change the future of the church? The answer may scare the Vatican to death.

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