Today, April 6th, 2012, is "Good Friday" as well as "Passover" as well as the opening day of the baseball season with, in Arlington, the Texas Rangers playing the Chicago White Sox. So we have a rare opportunity to see three religions pitted against one another in practical terms. Not that the mainstream news media is paying hardly any attention to Passover, which *always* coincides with what is said to be "the most solemn" Christian observance.
In Milwaukee, Archbishop Jerome Listecki is saying Catholics just better not be eating brats and hot dogs at the tailgating parties in connection with that city's game between the Brewers and the Cardinals today. "As much as we love the Brewers, unlike Jesus, they didn't die for your sins," said the bishop. And the announcers on WBAP who qouted that this morning also endorsed it. Church officials in Baltimore aren't happy about things either. They issued a press release calling the coincidence "just the latest example of a growing disregard for the deeply-held and widely-practiced faith traditions of the people of our great Nation." And they quoted the late John Cardinal O'Connor who said in 1998 (apparently the last time this happened): "Playing on Good Friday...is cheap and cheapens our culture, no matter how big the box-office receipts."
As it happens, baseball ticket sales don't seem to have been affected by the decision of the bishops and others to hold "Good Friday" on the same day as baseball's opening day. So either believers are more devoted to babseball than to their nominal theologies, or baseball depends a lot more on non-Christians than Christians. And there don't seem to be any reports about Jewish leaders objecting to baseball's opening on Passover.
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