Religion: The Christmas Party

Let us walk honestly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness . . .

It may be that celebration of the Christian Christmas in the U.S. is coming more & more to resemble the pagan behavior that St. Paul warned against in his letter to the Romans. Last week, from pulpits across the nation, came warnings that holiday celebrations—particularly office parties—are getting out of hand.

In Manhattan, Roman Catholic Bishop Joseph F. Flannelly issued an admonition to be read at each of the seven Sunday Masses in St. Patrick's Cathedral: "We note with alarm and regret...

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