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Maybe some slick political advertising would help?

Maybe some slick political advertising would help?

Not so long, the man who occupies 1 Vatican Circle at St. Peter’s Basilica could really pack in a portico. The throng of Catholic devoutees hurling their Papal foam fingers in the air just to catch a glimpse of Il Papa fanning a blessing downward.

But alas, those were the good John Paul days. Today, a new regime of Benedict looms and the people… well, they seem to have scampered according to this story from Reuters.

Data out this week shows that 534,500 people attended his 42 general audiences in 2008 — or about 12,726 people each audience. That compares to 729,100 people at his 44 audiences in 2007 – or about 16,570 people per audience. More than a million people attended his general audiences in 2006, his first full year as pope.

So, you don’t think the ECONOMY has anything to do with this, do you? Regardless of how little people spend on a round-trip ticket to Rome, it’s still five hundred friggin’ dollars. You know how much gas and groceries that’ll buy?!

MEMO to all Roman Catholics in this country: Make it a “stay-cation“. These are usually terms reserved for those who don’t have the discretionary income to travel to a resort or, you know, the homeless. Make the best of it in your own backyard.

So make it a day – get all lathered up, dawn your bleached robe, bling out your rosary, visit your local diocese and have a “Get to know your Bishop day”. That’ll put some fun back in the Catholic Church, right? Ah, good times.

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Just when you think you are getting too jaded to appreciate the holidays and are fed up with the depressing stories about how heinous some folk get around this time of the year, comes a story out of Washington D.C. to put the kibash on your “Bah-Humbugism” and fill you chock full o’hope.

christmas-time-is-hereRev. Wayne Snead found the pile of toys [pictured here] when he arrived Sunday morning, along with a note saying that the toys should go to less-fortunate children in these rough economic times. The donor didn’t identify him or her self, but members of the Galilee United Methodist Church seemed to feel the generosity of the gesture; many called it a true example of Christmas spirit when it’s needed most.

I truly wish I could get in a situation to do this for a church, charity or just a bunch of kids I know without, you know, charging it. This is amazing.

And what’s even more spectacular, it’s the third year in a row he or she has done this magnamious act!

What do I want for Christmas? A heart like this person. Nice warm fuzzies for everyone today. Ho-ho-ho.

Maybe you heard the story?

In the Washington state capital, we have a heartwarming, puke-laden, P.C. Christmas fresh with boughs of holly, a nativity scene and least to the fold, a sign from the “Freedom from Religion Foundation” that reads – at the feet of baby GPS Jesus no less:

There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.

I don’t know about you, but I am all warm and toasty with Yuletide cheer. Let’s go kick over some Salvation Army red kettles, beat up some homeless and flame up some local Angel Trees just to keep the presents. How ’bout it?

Are you kidding me? Well, it turns out I’m not only one with a weed about this story. Meet “Papa Bear” (homage to Colbert) Bill O’Reilly. You may have heard of him? Enjoy!

And to be fair… because you never know when Santa is watching to throw you on a lump of coal. Is Ho-Ho-Ho even necessary any more?! Ah well, there’s always New Years. They can’t ska-roo that up. Can they?

...open up the door and where's all the people? Junior?

...open up the door and where's all the people? Junior?

You know, life must be interesting at the Robert Schuller household around the holidays this time of the year.

It’s horrible being unemployed during Christmas, but even worse when your own father is the one who gave you the boot, as posted on the Wall last month.

But buck up Junior Schuller, you’re still a pastor at your old man’s church, aren’t you? Well, aren’t you?

Yeah, about that… if he can’t be TV pastor, he doesn’t want to be pastor at all, so the Junior Schuller handed his curmudgeon father his resignation to make his own ministry, according to the L.A. Times.

And evidently, the “Amway convention” motif (also posted on your friendly neighborhood Wailing Wall) is the cause behind all of this ballyhoo.

Church founder Robert H. Schuller removed his son as the sole preacher on the 39-year-old television show after the younger Schuller, three years into the job, refused to rotate his role with other pastors, the church said. “We know he’s been working diligently on plans. It’s probably a bit premature. We’re giving him plenty of time,” [some dude with the Crystal Cathedral] Mysse said. “It’s just a question of when he wants to announce it. Frankly, that’s his business.”

Sorry, Holmes. See those 10,000 people who call this church “theirs”? It’s their business too. See, if they didn’t tithe, you would be putting your Benz on hawk and settling for a Yugo like the rest of us these days.

Junior Schuller was popular – well, as popular as that boring telecast could be. But because he wouldn’t allow other people speak in his pulpit, the old man got persnickety and gave him a pink slip.Can you blame him? What pastor shares his pulpit on a bi-weekly basis with evangelists?! Once every other month, sure. Bi-weekly, no chance.

And so he’s off to find his own “Hour of Power” – scorned, hurting and free from dear ol’ Dad’s ire.

I’m sure they will be back on speaking terms by next Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I’ll tell you this. When Junior Schuller does strike his own TV deal, don’t be looking for Dad to grace that pulpit anytime soon. I hear Junior just doesn’t roll that way, regardless the coot who wants to speak.

The next generation of NYC homeless - now kick them out in the cold!

The next generation of NYC homeless - now kick them out in the cold!

Wall Watchers, if you know anyone in the Big Apple who may be homeless, please buy them a hotel room.

Otherwise, according to bah-humbug this story on WCBS-TV, if they are out in the cold, they could chafe with freezer burn because they aren’t getting any help. Nada.

City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people. With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all.

Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.

Hrm. So, what’s better? A homeless person in that city knowing there is three hots and a cot waiting them on Sundays and Wednesdays, or just none at all because a small church of 300 just doesn’t have the bandwidth?!

Yeah, that’ll keep them warm in the winter to know the government has got their back… and plenty of newspaper to keep them warm in the winter.

And why? It’s all about curb appeal.

“We really don’t want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want people sleeping in beds,” said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.

Oh, well since you put it that way. Survival of the fittest to the homeless! Let the wind chill sort them out. Ho-ho-ho.