Q. 1. My Protestant friends tell me that the Catholic Church adopted the dates of pagan feasts to celebrate the Christian feasts such as Christmas, New Year and Easter. Is this true?
A. 1. Non-Catholics who makes such comments have the sole purpose of slandering the Catholic Church by saying that it has chosen to celebrate it Christian feasts on the dates of pagan feasts.
By choosing the dates of pagan feasts to celebrate its Christian feasts, the Catholic Church sought to draw the "weak Christians" away from the pagan celebrations so they may wholeheartedly embrace the true Church of Jesus Christ. One cannot serve two masters. Those who claimed to be Christians had to choose, either to participate in the Christian feasts or continue in their pagan ways by participating in the pagan feasts. They could not be at both places at the same time.
This strategy surely came as a result of the guidance of the Holy Spirit.