This post was up for a while on an American diocese’s website and has since been taken down, but if you follow the link you can still read the whole thing.
Here’s an excerpt:
Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.
I remember driving through Ottawa one St. Patrick’s Day when it was a little warmer than usual for March and being amazed at the long lines of people wearing green waiting to get into bars.
So, what do you think?
Me? I agree with the author and I hope he doesn’t get in trouble for his lamentation.
Christmas and Easter have been pretty much hijacked, too, come to think of it.