Friday, December 23, 2005
The Catholic New World Weighs in On the Wrong Side
Leave it to Tom Sheridan, the stylishly liberal ex-Sun Times deputy editorial page editor who now runs the Chicago Catholic New World, the official publication for the archdiocese of Chicago. Sheridan, a deacon, who never really recovered from the days when to be for social justice was to be ultra-trendy, can be counted on to low-ball the pro-life mission of the church in favor of pushing the more fashionable lefty causes. How unlike Cardinal Francis George who has nobly stood up for the total teachings of the Church without p.r. cosmetics. Anyhow, just when traditionalists were making some progress in overcoming the orgy of materialism and getting the stores to recognize Christmas rather than some winter solstice, you can count that good old Sheridan will come riding to the rescue with a typically vague front page column that requires a metaphysician to analyzebut which, predictably, comes out on the side of the secularists.
Sheridan starts out with a typical straw-man argument: Memo to people worried about the banishment of Christmas. Were not worried about the banishment of Christmas, my dear Tom, just the mauling of it for commercial purposes by advertisers who refuse to recognize its spiritual significance: and its not an oversight but purposeful. Sheridan: Well, guess what? They were wrong. Christmas will happen, just you wait. Then, but heres my point: If you need a store clerk wishing you Merry Christmas to remind you of the birth of Christ, then you have a bigger problem that just finding the right gift to put under the tree for Uncle Joe. Explaining it to Sheridan might take longer than he deserves but heres one try. Tom, we dont need store clerks wishing us Merry Christmas to remind us of that fact, and its rather duplicitous of you to spin the argument that way. We just feel its not too much to ask the folks who benefit hugely from commercial sales revolving around a spiritual event to take cognizance of the spiritual event. By the way, your boss, Cardinal George gets the point very well in a column adjoining yours. Id reprint some of it but since you edit it youre very familiar with it and very familiar with the argument about the necessity to fight secularism: so come off it, dont be cutesy with us and dont try to snow the troops with fake erudition.