Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

9 responses to “Catholics Should Focus on Christ, Not Holiday Decorations”

  1. Nancy Green

    I went to work and saw a table decorated with a Manger Scene, a Menorah, Kwanzaa candles and an Evergreen Wreath for Solstice. I was so happy to see this recognition that Pagans exist. And to my Atheist friends, we can bond over the fact that Solstice is an astronomical reality. I hope this year we can share good will, regardless of how we define our beliefs.

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  2. donnaS

    When I was a child growing up in the 50’s my mom was always careful to send Merry Christmas cards only to folks that she knew were Christian.  She sent Season’s Greetings to the other folks she wanted to keep in touch with during the holiday season.  I sent Holiday Greetings to all.   I’m not sure why some folks insist we must celebrate and say Merry Christmas even if we’re not Christian. 

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  3. Solomon

    Re: Catholics (and all Christians) Should Focus on Christ, Not Holiday Decorations
    I agree. Just for the record, and since political correctness is a subjective construct anyway, it’s a Christmas Tree. Christmas is a holiday full of human, religious and church related tradition but is based on the indisputable facts of the Incarnation, in the birth of the God-Man Jesus Christ our LORD and His work of redemption.
    On Jesus being a progressive; I think not. In His own words, (Matthew 5:17) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them, Jesus came to fulfill the promise of redemption and salvation from sin. He alone provides the way for sinful men and women to be justified as righteous before God and be saved from the wrath to come. Jesus was an obedient Son, a servant sent to save. Again in His own words, (John 10:37) If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
    Some may not agree with this. You will one day be able to face your creator and argue the point with Him. Until then the establishment clause stands as a protection for the people to be able to freely express their religious and other sacred convictions, while preventing the State from establishing a mandatory State religion.
    Saint Nicolas is next I am sure.

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  4. joann fonseca

    Just to let you know, the Christmas Tree in Catholicism symbolizes for Roman Catholics (such as myself),  the rich symbolism of the Christmas season. Even back in 2004, Pope John Paul had to defend the Christmas tree that is displayed in St. Peter’s Square,
    in Vatican City.
    The Christmas tree, John Paul said, is “an ancient custom that exalts the value of life,” because the evergreen tree remains unchanged through the harshness of winter.When gifts are arranged under the tree, it because a symbol of “the tree of life, a figure of Christ, God’s greatest gift to all men.”
    If this statement in the article was made by you, then you really are bigoted in your thoughts because it is not a dead tree…but an evergreen tree of life that survives…remains unchanged as winter gets brutal & nasty” He’ll ( the Bishop) have to do a better job of explaining what, exactly, is the “religious significance” of a decorated dead tree in December. I think he is incorrect to suggest that one exists.”
    And you are wrong, my friend,  to say there is no religious significance. The symbol of a tree has deep roots in the Catholic faith. You probably need to be reminded that our first parents, ADAM AND EVE, were not allowed to eat from one tree, and that Christ paid the great price for our redemption by hanging on a tree on Good Friday.
    In addition, people put loights on the evergreen tree. This is also symbolic. The lights that decorate the trees should remind us that Christ is the light of the world and that His light is everlasting. He has come to bring joy and light into our dark world. So please do not insult me as a Catholic and say that the tree has no significance in Catholicism. Thank you.


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  5. Brutal Honesty

    Mr Plain, again I must point out another mistake of yours.  Bishop Tobin is NOT the leader of the Catholic Church.  The Pope is.  If you feel the need to continue with slinging around insults willy nilly at least be factual in your doing so!  And how accepting and tolerant of you to determine what Catholics are to do, by the way, when were you declared Pope?  Oh wait, that’s right, you decided instead of working for WPRO to become a sell out and write articles for an online rag.  Bless your heart! Merry Christmas!

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  6. DogDiesel

    At the risk of piling on Bob (not that you care to respond), you and Steve Ahlquist are no better than Bill O’Reilly, John DePetro and Bishop Tobin on this issue. Think about it.

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