Today's Daily Mail roars its support for the Pope's somewhat bemusing "Christmas is banned by the PC Brigade" speech of yesterday:
That sounds like a great film, by the way. "He was a Pope... in a world gone atheist... and he's only got 48 hours to save Christmas...!" - I'd go to it, anyway.
So you'd think that the paper so delighted in Il Papa's war on the War on Christmas would be pleased when shops launched their Christmas displays early - after all, that's a way to stop those pesky atheists from wrecking our Christmas traditions, isn't it? Joyful Christmas stuff, all year round! No PC Brigade butting in with their anti-Christmas evil!
With 145 days to go and the sun shining, astonished shoppers gearing up for their summer holidays were met with extraordinary scenes at Selfridges yesterday where Christmas decorations went on sale - five months early.
The move will outrage millions of people who feel the festive season already comes far too early - let alone at the height of summer before many have even taken their holidays.
But surely that's a good thing? The Pope is battling to save Christmas, for God's sake! Why should we be annoyed by Christmas being celebrated early? Isn't that just a way of expressing our battle to stop those nasty secularist scum from wrecking our joyful commemoration of Jesus's birth? No...?
A Selfridges spokesman said in this July story:
'We also have luxury items. We're going to be selling a £500 life-sized donkey, which is very realistic and we think would be perfect for Nativity plays.
'I can see a time when we offer our Christmas collection throughout the year.'
But wait... are the Mail saying it's not a good thing to be selling things for Nativity plays, explicitly celebrating the birth of Jesus? Doesn't that sound a bit like the War on Christmas to you...?
Looks like Benedict XVI had better start with those anti-Christmas Scrooges at the Mail first, if he's going to save our Winterval.