Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Yet another sell out to the modern world

(Found at Spiritdaily)

Bishops Agree to Move Holy Days of Obligation to Sundays

By The Universe: The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales is to follow the US precendent after it was announced that announced that Holy Days of Obligation are to be moved to Sundays. The switch, which was approved by the Vatican on July 13, comes into effect on December 3, 2006. It now means that the Holy Days of the Epiphany, the Ascension of the Lord and Corpus Christi will all now be celebrated on Sunday. The move was initiated after Diocesan Councils of Priests felt that efforts needed to be made to boost Mass attendance on Holy Days."This is something that the bishops have actively been considering since 1996," said secretary of department for Christian Life & Worship Catholic Bishops' Conference England and Wales Fr Allen Morris."The circumstances of modern life in England and Wales has made it impossible for a large proportion of the Catholic community to attend Holy Days. And these three Holy Days are very important mysteries of our faith and it is important that the whole community should be able to attend."However, Christmas Day, the Apostles Peter and Paul, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints will not be affected by the changes.A statement from the bishops added: "We have responded to requests from Diocesan Councils of Priests and many others, deeply concerned at the diminishing observance of these days.""The Bishops commend this as an opportunity for Catholics to deepen, through catechesis and celebration, their faith and understanding of these mysteries of the life of Christ."The current practice is retained with regard to other Holy Days of Obligation. In other words, Christmas Day, the Apostles Peter and Paul, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Saints will continue to be celebrated as at present. With the exception of Christmas Day, the discipline in England and Wales is that when these days fall on a Saturday or Monday they are transferred to Sunday. The Bishops call on all Catholics to observe their celebration."

Too 'hard' for people to come? No problem, we will just move it to Sunday. After all religion is just a Sunday thing anyway (as long as Sunday doesn't interfere with sports, visitors, or vacations).

In the future when historians look back on this period for its wimpy practice of the faith; no penance, no effort needed.

What we need to do is restore the pre-concilliar penance practices and the Holy Days of obligation. (As I mentioned to my former bishop once, "We need more holy days, not less!")
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