I think we all forget the immense grace we receive from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…being present…praying/assisting in the Celebration of the Sacrifice at Calvary and the Heavenly Banquet. Take note of this:
II. THE PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH
2041 The precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the very necessary minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor:
2042 The **first precept **(“You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor”) requires the faithful to sanctify the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord as well as the principal liturgical feasts honoring the mysteries of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the saints; in the first place, by participating in the Eucharistic celebration, in which the Christian community is gathered, and by resting from those works and activities which could impede such a sanctification of these days.82
The second precept (“You shall confess your sins at least once a year”) ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.83
The third precept (“You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season”) guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.84
2043 The fourth precept (“You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church”) ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.85
The** fifth precept** (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.86
The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his own abilities.87
This is the way I was taught—Mass…must be weekly…Eucharist…must be once a year…both are the minimum requirements…So attendance at Mass weekly is paramount and imperative to sustain our Faith, Hope and Charity…the Theological virtues. As great a gift and Source and Summit of our Faith…as the Holy Eucharist is…we can get to heaven just receiving once per year…but if we miss Sunday Mass…and Holy Days of Obligation…by our own free will…we gravely and severely jeopardize our salvation. It was not until Pope Saint Pius X (1903-1910)…in 1905 who exhorted all the fiathful to receive Holy communion frequently…daily if possible. So for @ 1,915 years…the faithful sanctified their lives and attained entrance into the Beatific Vision of Heaven…by Sunday Holy Mass, Reading the bible, and other Liturgical celebrations and personal prayer devotions…and receiving the Eucharist very infrequently.
So, no Catholic who disagrees with the Church’s Faith and Moral teachings…would be well advised to go to a more faith and morally accommodating community faith group…a community where he/she will certainly not be participating in the one true sacrifice of Calvary.
Lastly, the Catholic Moral issues of today…have been the Church’s teachings consistently…for 2000+ years…the fact that they have been politicized…become “political footballs”…is not the Church’s fault…and the Church/Bishops’ exhortation/admonitions…is focused on the Souls entrusted to them…and their salvation. This particular bishop is simply saying to his flock…“I will die for you…but I won’t go to hell for you…”! Ignorance will not be a defense at our Particular Judgment at the moment of death…when we have bishops who fulfill their role as teachers of the Faith and protectors of the Deposit of faith…the Faith that is Apostolic…handed down from Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and through the Twelve (the apostles selected by Christ himself) and their successors…especially the current Pope…in any day and age.