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St. Joseph and the Fundies

Canisius | 07 May, 2006 02:30

Sunday of this week is the Feast of St. Joseph in Dom Gueranger's world, but of course we have already celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. The Church decided it was important to counter the international socialist holiday on May 1, and St. Joseph was right on hand for the job.

If ever you encounter the "Christmas was a pagan holiday" argument from the more fundamentalist flavor of Protestant, this bit about St. Joseph the worker is a good fact to have in your back pocket. I think they will all agree that the Church did not set up the feast of St. Joseph the Worker to honor or join in any way with socialism, and so that might open their minds to consider the possibility that a similar move is behind the timing of certain other Catholic feast days.


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