November 30th 2012 5:54 pm
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Okay, according to His Holiness Pope Benedict...quoted on the web...
"As churches and families around the world prepare to dust off their Nativity figures for the festive season, Benedict writes in a new book on Christ that contrary to popular belief, Jesus's birth was not presided over by oxen, asses, camels or indeed any other beasts.
"There is no mention of animals in the Gospels," he wrote in the third and last volume of his biography of Jesus Christ, which like the previous two books is expected to become an international best-seller, with an initial print run of a million copies."
Okay, your Holiness sir...I know I'm just a dog...and you, obviously, are Pope and all...but I'm taking you on on this sir! How did Mary get to Bethlehem? On a DONKEY. And where did they have to stay? A STABLE...hello...and there's this big rush of folks trying to travel for the census, there's no rooms anywhere, and you're telling me the stable was empty? I don't think so. The inn's own critters had to be there, plus Mary and Joseph's donkey, plus any critters of the travellers. And then, we got the shepherds in the hills with their flocks. Even for an event of this magnitude, with the star and the angels and all that, you think those sheep gonna just stand there on the hills, in the dark, all by themselves and watch the shepherds walk off? I don't think so...His Holiness may be the great shepherd of the Catholic church but it seems to this dog he's spent no time around real sheep.
And with all that hay and stuff out there, you think there's no rodents?
No animals at the stable...harumph. I submit that critters were indeed there...and not only were they there, they probably had a doggone good idea something very special was going on, too...Double harumph.
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Well barked Ellie...well barked!