Pope: Christmas ‘hostage’ to materialism

Posted by | December 25, 2016 07:13 | Filed under: Religion

Pope Francis has an important Christmas message.

Pope Francis said on Saturday that Christmas had been “taken hostage” by dazzling materialism that puts God in the shadows and blinds many to the needs of the hungry, the migrants and the war weary.

Francis, leading the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas for the fourth time since his election in 2013, said in his Christmas Eve homily that a world often obsessed with gifts, feasting and self-centeredness needed more humility.

“If we want to celebrate Christmas authentically, we need to contemplate this sign: the fragile simplicity of a small newborn, the meekness of where he lies, the tender affection of the swaddling clothes. God is there,” the Pope said at St. Peter’s Basilica.

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39 responses to Pope: Christmas ‘hostage’ to materialism

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker December 25th, 2016 at 07:24

    A little late for rightwing evangelicals trampling each other at the local Walmart.

  2. amersham1046 December 25th, 2016 at 07:50

    and the big box retailers thank you

  3. oldfart December 25th, 2016 at 07:52

    BUT, BUT a 50 inch flat screen is now only $300 at wally world…
    contemplate that.

  4. anothertoothpick December 25th, 2016 at 08:06

    Rev. Billy always asks.

    . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec2aecae88cebc9dc0fe4b3296315f2a2e976700883d551a0d2dcc2bbd0b15e9.jpg

  5. Buford2k11 December 25th, 2016 at 08:29

    the gop made sure that there were plenty of people who were not able to be materialistic…see, they are doing God’s work…

  6. anothertoothpick December 25th, 2016 at 09:03



    • Larry Schmitt December 25th, 2016 at 09:17

      You could buy a man’s suit for $40 back then.

      • anothertoothpick December 25th, 2016 at 09:57

        …and American made too.


        • Larry Schmitt December 25th, 2016 at 10:45

          Some of the ones advertised were English made, but not for $40. The same suit today would be many hundreds of dollars, and probably made in Central America or Asia.

    • StoneyCurtisll December 25th, 2016 at 14:42

      See what the dirty lying liberal media brings ya…
      ‘it’s all lies and distortion’, (so says Kellyanne Conway)

      • Larry Schmitt December 25th, 2016 at 17:36

        Isn’t that the subtitle on Fox News? “Fox News: It’s All Lies and Distortion!”

  7. Larry Schmitt December 25th, 2016 at 09:18

    How long have religious leaders been saying this? The more things change …

  8. StoneyCurtisll December 25th, 2016 at 09:48

    Mary Christmas everyone~!

    • oldfart December 25th, 2016 at 14:19

      OH YEAH !!!

      • StoneyCurtisll December 25th, 2016 at 14:39

        Oh Hell Yeah~!

        • oldfart December 25th, 2016 at 15:09

          Around here, It’s what we call an appetizer…

  9. Larry Schmitt December 25th, 2016 at 10:44

    Andrew Greeley, the novelist who was also a priest, had a more realistic view of Christmas. He saw nothing wrong with commercialism, as it supported such a large part of the economy and provided jobs for so many people. It’s the attitude of the people, and the importance they place on getting “things” that matter, not the fact of buying and getting.

    • StoneyCurtisll December 25th, 2016 at 14:56

      And as a non-believer, I have no problem with greeting people with a hardy Marry Christmas..
      Happy Holidays or what ever the holiday superscribes..
      Be it Ramadan, Chanuka, or Rastapharian days…
      It’s all good to me.

  10. labman57 December 25th, 2016 at 11:38

    I daresay that if you took the commercialization out of Christmas, the holiday would only have a fraction of its current popularity in America and elsewhere.

  11. robert December 25th, 2016 at 12:43

    xmas at trump towers https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/205f686a5cbdc9718eae9444865c4bb07d2de1f606de7fff31f547ee9b5efdb8.jpg

    • bpollen December 26th, 2016 at 07:25

      He wasn’t properly vetted! And look who he hangs with –

      Dasher – drug mule
      Dancer – gigolo
      Prancer – gay
      Vixen – slut
      Comet – powderhead
      Cupid – sexual predator
      Donner – cannibal
      Blitzen – Neo-Nazi
      Rudolph – Red nose from hanging with Comet and smelling cocaine

      Quite the cabinet you got there, Santa!

      • robert December 26th, 2016 at 23:28

        But the trumpster wanted clean coal and Santa was giving it away by the bag full

        • bpollen December 27th, 2016 at 16:09

          Santa is a socialist.

          • robert December 27th, 2016 at 19:15

            Nothing wrong with that. It’s peanuts compared to what’s been taken from the public

  12. Um Cara December 25th, 2016 at 12:45

    Nobody’s forcing anyone to celebrate Christmas in any specific way, Mr. Pope. Folks can be as commersh or not as they want.

  13. Lyndia December 25th, 2016 at 20:14

    Every time I hear a word from this backward collar wearing, long skirt wearing, beads wearing, baby kissing, old buzzard, I think of the handicapped children that the pedophile priest were molesting, FOR YEARS in South America. I just read about it yesterday and I was truly sicken and this SOB, knew about it, but did nothing. I give less than a damn about what he says or thinks. I know this is off the topic, but that is how I feel about him and his cult religion. F him.

    • Larry Schmitt December 25th, 2016 at 21:11

      I like to say that I grew up Catholic, then I grew up. I feel the same way about the church as you do.

      • bpollen December 26th, 2016 at 07:18

        Catholicism cured me of religion.

    • StoneyCurtisll December 25th, 2016 at 22:11

      Take a deep breath, and tell one more time how you really feel sister~!.
      (just for effect)…;)

  14. StoneyCurtisll December 26th, 2016 at 00:04

    Santa Clause, tell em James brown sent you….
    Go Straight to The Ghetto…

  15. Mike December 26th, 2016 at 06:23

    So the Pope rails about materialism from the gold and gem encrusted altar of the Vatican while putting on a show with a plastic baby Jesus…
    Do they have a word for irony in Latin

  16. bunya December 26th, 2016 at 17:08

    If the pope had some compassion for the needs of the hungry, the migrants and the war weary, perhaps he should share some of that $3 billion plus, tax exempt cash he and his ilk earned by bilking money out of old ladies on fixes incomes by threatening them with eternal damnation. But no. He had to use some of it to buy a $14,000 diamond encrusted manger for the Vatican nativity scene – just like Jesus had.
    I can’t believe people haven’t caught onto this religious ponzi scheme yet.

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