Bishop says Christmas part of the Australian way

Bishop Brian Heenan of Rockhampton has said Australians have a right to wish each other a Merry Christmas, even though not everyone is a Christian.

CLICK HEREABC reports that a central Queensland state school principal apologised to a parent after a complaint about continued references to Christmas at the school.

Bishop Heenan said Australia is still predominantly Christian, and most people are happy to celebrate Christmas.

"When it comes to wishing people a Merry Christmas or a Happy Christmas I think it's part of our Australian way," he said.

"Nobody is compelled in any way to use those terms, they simply can use other expressions if they choose to.

"But I think it's a bit unreasonable to expect people who have a normal Australian Christian background to withhold from using those terms simply because, you know, there are some people who don't believe in that same sort of a Christian belief."

Christmas part of the Australian way, says bishop (ABC Rockhampton 12/12/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Diocese of Rockhampton

Pope says Christmas season being spoiled by 'commercial pollution' (Catholic News Service 12/12/05)
Pope encourages family Nativity scenes, condemns Christmas commercialism (Catholic News Agency 12/12/05)
On the Real Spirit of Christmas (Zenit 11/12/05)
A Journalist's Research on the Child Jesus (Zenit 11/12/05)

13 Dec 2005