When Saint Christopher was officially “demoted” in 1969—and we’ll get back to that word in a minute—it temporarily took a bit of starch out of the many millions of people around the world with Saint Christopher medals around their necks, in their carry-on luggage and on their dashboards. Christopher, after all, was enormously popular and had been for centuries. The patron saint of travelers, his legend was irresistible. The image of him shouldering the boy Jesus and carrying him across a rushing river in safety offered comfort to many a not-so-frequent flyer when the fasten seat belt sign went on.
And then, suddenly, he was crossed off the A-list. Or was he?