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(RNS) Joseph’s quiet heroism often goes overlooked in the Christmas story. Yet there is something profound and compelling in Joseph, a patron saint to Roman Catholic stepfathers and a role model for all Christian dads.


  1. It’s great to extoll the virtues of a good father, and I hope we continue to do so.
    However, it’s clear to historians that the two gospel accounts are likely made up whole cloth (since they disagree on nearly every aspect), have no support, and obviously serve to aggrandize Jesus or dispel problems. As such, an article written about a fabricated figure needs to be a little more clear about that. We can just as well talk about how bad a father Zeus is.