Bishop apologizes for saying Santa isn’t real, red costume is a Coca-Cola ploy

The Bishop of Noto in Sicily has publicly apologized after his misguided comments sparked a backlash last week. The bishop shocked the school children by telling them that Santa Claus was not real.

Antonio Staglianò spoke on the occasion of the feast of Saint Nicholas – the initial inspiration for Santa Claus – of the commercialization of Christmas deflating the true religious meaning. When answering a question on the topic, he dropped the bombshell of all bombs by telling the kids that Santa Claus was a hoax.

“No, Santa Claus does not exist,” Staglianò said, according to several Sicilian media. “In fact, I would add that the red of the costume he is wearing was chosen by Coca-Cola exclusively for advertising purposes.”

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Ouch. The comments quickly went viral, prompting the Diocese of Noto to post an explanation and apology on its Facebook page, written by Staglianò’s press secretary, Father Alessandro Paolini.

“First of all, on behalf of the bishop, I express my regret for this statement which disappointed the children, and I want to clarify that this was not at all the intention of Mr. Staglianò”, indicates the press release. “(The intention was to) reflect on the meaning of Christmas and the beautiful traditions that go with it with greater awareness and rediscover the beauty of a Christmas that is now increasingly ‘commercial’ and ‘de-Christianized.'”

“If we can all learn one lesson, young or old, from the figure of Santa Claus (which has its origin in Bishop Saint Nicholas), it is this: fewer gifts to” create “and” consume ” “And more” gifts “to share. “

Stagliano explained his initial position in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica. He said: “I didn’t tell them that Santa Claus didn’t exist, but we talked about the need to distinguish between what is real and what is not. A real fact came out, namely that Christmas no longer belongs to Christians. … the Christmas atmosphere of lights and shopping has taken the place of Christmas. “

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