December 1, 2008
Bishop attacks use of "ridiculous" names
An Italian bishop has called on parents to stop giving their children "ridiculous" names and revert to traditional Christian names instead.
Monsignor Bassano Staffieri, retired bishop of La Spezia in Liguria, said that of the 500 girls born in the city this year, "not one was registered or baptized with the name Maria".
This is pretty good. A friend reminded me of the late George Carlin's take on silly names. I imagine this is what his excellency was thinking when he penned his letter: