ASK FATHER: Mary was an “unwed mother”? The Holy Family were “refugees”?

Posted December 26, 2017 3:39 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Mary was an “unwed mother”?  The Holy Family were “refugees”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At this time of year the inevitable ‘Mary was an unwed mother‘ and The Holy Family’s flight into Egypt makes them migrants sermons are very confusing. Can you clarify these interpretations? Or recommend a source that does.I discount them as political or ‘Social Justice’interpretations that use both events to their own purposes, which I think is wrong! A recent example was USCCB using the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe as ‘a day of Solidarity with Migrants’. I see my church becoming way too political. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you!
Yes… this sort of thing is inevitable:

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