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West Roxbury native named prelate of honor

Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. John Abruzzese, an archdiocesan priest assigned to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome as a prelate of honor. An alumnus of Holy Name School, Cathedral High School, the archdiocesan minor seminary and the North American College at Rome, Msgr. Abruzzese served in parishes in Hyde Park and Revere before his assignment to Rome where he completed doctoral studies in 1983 and received his present assignment in 1986. The Holy Father made the appointment on Nov. 22, 2007. Pilot file photo

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Christmas may come only once a year for the rank and file. But if you’re a sufficiently fanatic and fully invested citizen of all three of our jock nations then every day is a holiday. If you’re from New England and Boston’s your Hub, it’s the sports story of the year.

The Red Sox! The Patriots! The Celtics! There’s not a day of the calendar year that does not find one of these home fires burning. There’s not a day from January the first to December the last that does not feature a game, an impending game, and a gamut of related issues, many of them of a character deemed “life or death.” One can neatly wrap him or herself in a fantasy world of sporting bliss 365 days a year. Think of how much relatively unpleasant reality you can thereby safely avoid. How sweet it is!

More and more, everyone wishing to be anyone hereabouts must pledge undying allegiance not to just one of these raucous causes, but all three. It’s rather like a loyalty oath. It may prove nothing but you chose not to take one at your infinite peril. There is nothing more amusing than a bandwagon, nor scarier than the mentality that goes with it. It takes a lot of guts to say, ‘‘Frankly my dears I don’t give a dang’’ (for the want of a better word).

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