The “Christmas War”

A few days ago, the New York Daily News asked me to write an op-ed article on the so-called “Christmas wars.”  I was happy for the invitation, and submitted my article, which appears in today’s paper.  I thought you might want to have a look at it here.  I must admit, they used a nice photograph of me in front of the crèche in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, but the headline was all theirs.

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5 Responses to “The “Christmas War””

  1. Rev. Arthur Mastrolia says:

    Archbishop Dolan: Your NY Daily News (Dec. 6) article on the “Christmas War” was just great! Thank you! I think you have your finger on the “pulse” of the kind of attitude we need today about so many things, and this article is a reflection of that fact. Thank you again, and Merry Christmas! Fr. Mastrolia.

  2. Irene Baldwin says:

    I liked the article. I always thought it was silly to fight over Christmas. We’re a multicultural city; my Jewish friends always kindly wish me a “Merry Christmas” and I give them a “Happy Hannukkah” or a “Happy Holidays” in return. It’s a nice holiday season for all of us, and one we should all celebrate in our own respective traditions.

  3. Laura says:

    Archbishop Dolan,

    I recently started reading your column and find myself liking you more and more. In many issues, you seem to be willing to look at all sides and have compassion without compromising your faith and beliefs. I do think you are a “uniter” and not a “divider” and I find that refreshing on many levels (that is not a criticism of priests, but of leaders everywhere); it’s an easy thing to say, not so easy to do.

    While raised Catholic, I found myself saying “Happy Holidays” every year, thinking that it was the least controversial way to wish someone well. Most people don’t know “Holidays” are “holydays” anyway. This year, I have decided to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and feel better for doing so. *I* celebrate this special day, and I am not ashamed of it.

  4. Roland Newark says:

    Great going. The church deserves its own hearing for those with judgement. Thanks. My people hear in the Archdioceses of Boston should do the same.

  5. Thanks, Archbishop Dolan, for your spiritual leadership in matters like this. I may strongly disagree with you on other issues, but it seems we are on common ground with regard to the “War on Christmas” that exists in the minds of Christianist Dominionists. Their idea is to make the United States a Christian Nation, rather than a nation that celebrates diversity, but which includes a majority that is Christian.

    Your column in the Daily NEws on this issue is a stark contrast to your signing on to the Manhattan Declaration, which takes a strong position that only Christian(ist)s should have a right to religious freedom.