Up the Wall

Basilica of the Nativity, where Christ was born
Basilica of the Nativity, where Christ was born

Archbishop Dolan with his second-grade teacher
Archbishop Dolan with his second-grade teacher
Someone called the new Archbishop of New York “Falstaff in a mitre.”

With all due respect, I do not think that this is apt.

As we Shakespearians know, Sir John’s most lovable quality is that he is not, in fact, a good person. He is a lying, lecherous, selfish, cynical, dissolute coward.

Sir John Falstaff
Sir John Falstaff
Just because Falstaff is also jovial, garrulous, and imperious does not mean that he makes a suitable literary figure for His Excellency Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who is an industrious and orthodox prelate.

A year ago today, your humble servant was in Bethlehem, venerating the birthplace of Christ.

The Israeli government has erected a wall around the Israeli settlements near Bethlehem.

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Don’t forget to eat all the candy in the house today.