ASK FATHER: Can Catholics observe Hannukah / Chanukah?

Posted December 24, 2016 2:22 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Can Catholics observe Hannukah / Chanukah?

From a reader:
Is it okay for us to observe Hanukkah in anyway?
It think it depends on what you mean by “observe”. We can sure watch with respect what Jews do at this time of year. After all, the Jewish festivals are our heritage as well. They have significance for Christians because they concern the history of our salvation.
I don’t see anything wrong with making use of some Jewish customs, especially so as to impress on children the fact that Christianity and Judaism are deeply interconnected. But there must always be the clear instruction that the New Covenant in Christ fulfills

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