Not everything on the Internet is true
Last updated 1/31/2008 at Noon
Scott Herman seems to think that everything on the Internet and Snopes.com is true. Believe it or not, there are mistakes on sites on the Internet.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans and especially the partridge that won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
In 1982, Fr. Harold Stockert wrote an article on the 12 days of Christmas after reading original documents of correspondence between French Jesuits and their embattled brethren across the English Channel.
It wasn’t easy being a Roman Catholic in Elizabethan England. It was, in fact, illegal and often downright dangerous.
This Jesuit correspondence was particularly intense after the 1611 publication of the King James version, when Catholics in England needed the help of the French in publishing a Catholic Bible. The Douai-Reims and King James versions (deleted some books) of the bible do not have the same books in it.
In England, Christmas was forbidden by Act of Parliament in 1644; the day was to be a fast and market day. Shops were compelled to be open, plum puddings and mince pies condemned as heathen. The conservatives resisted; at Canterbury blood was shed.