Merry Christmas!

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 12/25/2008 - 15:39
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"Merry Christmas!" is a greeting we may be hearing less and less these days. From employers, shop owners and public functionaries (especially those in quasi-academic settings) we are increasingly greeted with "Happy Holidays!" as if we are celebrating time off and little else.

Whatever we may choose to do with our time off, my fondest wish is that we will turn to our Creator, the source of our living hope, and offer our heartfelt thanks. May God's peace be with you all.

Pope Benedict speaks out on gender ecology.

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 10:41
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In an end of the year address to the Curia, the Pope remarked,

What’s needed is something like a ‘human ecology,’ understood in the right sense. It’s not simply an outdated metaphysics if the Church speaks of the nature of the human person as man and woman, and asks that this order of creation be respected.

Yet another grinch on the eve of Christmas.

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 10:21
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Liberty Counsel, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting religious freedom, finds itself protecting the right of an employee not to have to say "Happy Holidays," furthering the secularization of the holiday she loves, Christmas. For details, see "Employee Forced to Say “Happy Holidays” Was Fired After Objecting to the Greeting."

In late November, all company employees were told to answer the phones by saying, “Happy Holidays from Counts Oakes Resort Properties. How may I assist you?” Thomas objected to her supervisor and offered to say either “Merry Christmas” or to continue greeting callers the same way they are greeted throughout the year. She explained that her religious beliefs prevented her from contributing to the secularization of Christmas, and asked for an accommodation of her beliefs. On December 10, when the company president, Andy Phillips, came to see her, she politely reiterated her concern. Phillips then fired her for “insubordination” because she refused to say “Happy Holidays.”