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O, come all ye faithful to ... ah ... um ... Nazareth?
Just when you though it was safe ...
just when you thought there was nothing more that they could get their hands on ...
just when you thought there was nothing more that they could mess up!

 

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    We are now expected to believe—at least until they change it again—that Jesus Christ was born in Nazareth, and not in Bethlehem as Matthew and Luke relate!

    Should anyone be unaware of the problem with Modernist existentialism in the Conciliar Church, the latest idiocy should serve as a clear and simple illustration.  In fact it is a little bit over the Modernist top.  The Modernists are of the delusion that religious truth exists, but that it is nothing more than the pious sentiment of believers, and that with enough “dialogue” between “acting persons” truth can change.  Gone are the days when the Catholic Church spoke authoritatively for Jesus Christ—today, in Her Modernist iteration, She is but a voice amongst many, at best a leader in the discussions about what “believers” are going to believe until the next round of talks.

    The Mass, each of the Sacraments, the Bible, the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, the primary end of marriage, the evil of approving and participating in false religion and false worship—all of these things have changed at the whim of the Conciliar Church. Most of these changes came as the result of  “dialogue” with non-Catholics—only a few were unilateral—like the falsification of Christ's words at the Last Supper, or Pope Benedict's attempt to falsely equate hope with faith in his latest encyclical, Spe salvi..  At least for this year, we are to believe that Jesus was born in Nazareth, in Saint Joseph's carpentry shop—an apparently unilateral change of the Vatican's “religious sentiment.”  The claim is that Saint Matthew's Gospel confirms this “sentiment,” apparently at variance with Saint Luke: 

The Vatican said that the scene is based on two verses from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew: "When Joseph woke up, he did as the Angel of God ordered and took Mary into his house. Without them knowing each other, a child was born and he called his name Jesus."  The display is a break with recent tradition at the Vatican. For 25 years, the display has shown Jesus in a manger in a stable in Bethlehem, the scene described by St. Luke. (UPI)

    As anyone with access to a Bible can quickly verify, the claim is ridiculous.  The quote is loose enough as to be called a fraud—Saint Matthew clearly indicated that time transpired between the event at Nazareth and the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem.   Matthew and Luke do report our Lord's Nativity with different perspectives—for example, Matthew reports the problem with King Herod while Luke does not, and conversely, Luke reports the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple while Mark does not.  Failure to mention a peripheral fact does not disqualify either author—Saint Mark and Saint John don't mention our Lord's infancy at all, but no one suggests that He didn't have one!  Both Luke and Matthew are perfectly clear that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Matthew 1:24. And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.
Exsurgens autem Ioseph a somno fecit sicut praecepit ei angelus Domini et accepit coniugem suam 
1:25. And he knew her not till she brought forth her first born son: and he called his name Jesus.
Et non cognoscebat eam donec peperit filium suum primogenitum et vocavit nomen eius Iesum
Matthew 2:1.
When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem,
Cum ergo natus esset Iesus in Bethleem Iudaeae in diebus Herodis regis ecce magi ab oriente venerunt Hierosolymam.
 ~ New Advent, Douay and Vulgate

Luke 2:4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David,
Ascendit autem et Ioseph a Galilaea de civitate Nazareth in Iudaeam civitatem David quae vocatur Bethleem eo quod esset de domo et familia David.
2:5.
To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
Ut profiteretur cum Maria desponsata sibi uxore praegnate.
2:6. And it came to pass that when they were there, her days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Factum est autem cum essent ibi impleti sunt dies ut pareret 
2:7. And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.
Et peperit filium suum primogenitum et pannis eum involvit et reclinavit eum in praesepio quia non erat eis locus in diversorio
 
~ New Advent, Douay and Vulgate
  

Pier Carlo Cuscianna, director of technical services for Vatican City, told Catholic News Service Dec. 14 he was aware of the "polemic" circulating in the press over the Vatican depicting Jesus' birth in Joseph's home.  He did not say whether the scene was to be in Nazareth or Bethlehem, but said, "I am certain Matthew reflected well on the meaning" of home in the Gospel verse on which the Vatican office based its design. (CNS)

    Ah! perhaps Joseph operated a chain of carpenter shops, with locations in Nazareth and Bethlehem?  If we knew where else, perhaps we could predict the site at which we will be expected to believe the Nativity took place next year.

This year, in addition to Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and the three kings, the creche in St. Peter's Square will also feature a baker and musicians. (CNS, emphasis supplied)

    And perhaps the three kings are part of Joseph's carpentry operation as well, appearing wherever the “the pious sentiment of believers” has Jesus being born in any given year.  Perhaps if enough of us concentrate real hard, next year Jesus will be born in Mecca, and a statue of His twin sister will be there as well.

    In a nutshell, the problem with the Conciliar Church is the paranoid delusion that all truth is subjective and subject to Its whims, rather than it being objective and immutable in the mind of God.

in XTO,
Fr. Brusca
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