Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 19th, 2017
An Irish Catholic priest issued a stunning proclamation, urging Christians to stop using the word Christmas, because it has been hijacked.
By whom, you may ask?
None other than Kris Kringle himself, Santa Claus.
Without explanation this may sound ludicrous, but the contrary clergy explains his reasoning. You may even find yourself agreeing, at least in spirit.
Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of all denominations should realize that Christmas and Easter no longer has any sacred meaning.
He told the Belfast Telegraph: “We’ve lost Christmas, just like we lost Easter, and should abandon the word completely. We need to let it go, it’s already been hijacked and we just need to recognize and accept that.
“I am simply asking that space be preserved for believers for whom Christmas has nothing to do with Santa and reindeer.
“My religious experience of true Christmas, like so many others, is very deep and real – like the air I breathe. But non-believers deserve and need their celebration too, it’s an essential human dynamic and we all need that in the toughness of life.
“I’m just trying to rescue the reality of Christmas for believers by giving up ‘Christmas’ and replacing it with another word.
“I’m all for Christians choosing to celebrate Christmas by going out for meals and enjoying a glass of wine, but the commercialization of anything is never good.”
Father O’Donnell, a registered psychologist and author, as well as a priest, added he did not intend his statement to be a criticism of non-Christians.
He said that unless Catholicism addressed the reality of what Christmas has come to mean “secularisation and modern life will continue to launder the church”.
Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that this priest has been paying much attention to the destruction Pope Francis is doing to the Catholic church, but that’s another story for another time.
Critics of the priests idea suggest that instead of avoiding the issue of the commercializing of Christmas and Easter, that perhaps confronting the matter head-on would be more appropriate. Many believe that people should stop celebrating the gift-giving festivities on December 25, and instead spend the day at church commemorating the fact that Jesus Christ gave his life to atone for their sins.
They continue to say that if you want to get the most presents for the money spent, don’t buy anything until after Christmas. Then you can get 2-3 the number of gifts for those on your list, and save the gift opening until New Years Day to bring in the new year on a joyous note.
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