For the first time in many years we watched Christmas Mass from St. Peter's in Rome. Not as we remember it. It was hugely effete, even embarrassingly so. The music was lame and ineptly performed and inclusion of the crèche and its figurines were a jolting, tacky pop element, especially within the context of that astounding, awe-inspiring building, and especially the figurine of the infant Jesus, a figurine actually handled by the celebrant (in this case the Pope himself) as part of the Mass and looking for all the world like a doll purchased from Toys-R-Us. A thorough rethinking and nontrivial changes by the Vatican in future are much needed here.