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Against Flameless Candles

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I recently had the opportunity to do some traveling and was heartened to see so many churches in the nation still using wax votive candles rather than the obnoxious flameless ones. Of course, I have nothing against a flameless candle per se; it has its place, such as a veiled windowsill in wintertime… Continue Reading »

What the Pope Really Said About Christmas

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The Pope’s new book, Infancy Narratives, was released on November 21. The day’s headline of the Daily Mail? “Killjoy Pope crushes Christmas nativity traditions: New Jesus book reveals there were no donkeys beside crib, no lowing oxen and definitely no carols.” CNN’s online story followed suit. The New York Daily News repeated the claim about the animals, adding not that the pope agreed with some historians on an earlier dating of the birth of Christ but that “the Christian calendar has Jesus’ birth year wrong, Pope Benedict XVI claims in a new book.” … Continue Reading »