Re: Personal peeve against the idea of holy days of obligation
First of all, if you forget to attend Mass on a holy day of obligation, it’s no sin. One can’t forget on purpose.
Jesus gave authority to St. Peter and his successors. “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,” He said. So the pope has authority to call us to Mass on certain days under the pain of serious sin. True, it is God who ultimately determines who will go to heaven and who will go to hell. Some people get by because of ignorance and some ask for mercy with their dying breath. But the pope does have the authority to set moral requirements because Jesus gave him that authority. He doesn’t use such authority arbitrarily, but always in keeping with what the Lord has already revealed. In this case, it is the Lord who requires us to worship Him once a week. The pope is just extending this requirement to certain important celebrations of the year.
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.
Last edited by Fr. Vincent Serpa; Mar 14, '06 at 11:46 am.