By Chris Castaldo
You sit down for Christmas dinner with your extended family, all of whom are Catholic. Uncle Philip, the Grand Poo-bah of the Knights of Columbus, leads in prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. You wonder if last year’s train wreck of a conversation in which you described the “unbiblical and sometimes cultic regard for the Saints” may have somehow precipitated this new emphasis. Or perhaps Aunt Louise, his wife and person most offended by your passionate Christ alone apologetic, had some influence. In either case, you’re off and running—another holiday with the family in which religious discussion will create social combustion volatile enough to blow the roof off the house.