Yep. You heard that right. For years, post-Conservatives have proudly joined the secular, non-Christian Left in mocking the whole 'war on Christmas' and 'culture wars.' This laughable notion that we should care that our society demanded the Christian element of the Christmas holiday be eliminated from public acknowledgement was condemned by those wishing to separate themselves from those defending the traditions of the Christian West.
From Mark Shea to Southern Baptist ethics leader Russel Moore, open contempt for those bothered by this push to silence the Christian elements of Christmas has become almost a confession of the post-traditional Faith. It was a way to say "we're not like those non-liberal types over there."
And now, suddenly, Pope Francis has jumped in an echoed - what those bemoaning the secularization and elimination of Christ from Christmas have been lamenting. He's not alone. I've met several over the years from other countries who were shocked that American Christians seem to easily accept being pushed around and out the door of public discourse and celebration.
Will this become a wake up call for the Christians who have been fighting the Long Retreat over the years? Those who figure the Left has won, the West is dead, and it's best to cozy up to the new power as best we can, and that might include avoiding the C-Word in Christmas settings on the off chance we offend someone who matters? We'll see. I've noticed that for a pope who is adored and loved by the majority, there seems to be about 1/2 of what he says that drops through the storm drains.