I wonder if somebody here can explain something I read online; plus answer a question I have asked myself before.
The link is about fast days. As far as I know, the only obligatory, binding fast days in the Roman Catholic Chruch today are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (correct me if I am wrong )
Before, the 1983 Code, there were quite a few more, for example the Eves of some feasts (like now, coming up, of Pentecost; but also of Christmas and some other feasts, right?), Ember Days, etc.
In this link, at the end of the second-to-last paragraph, it says that in the US four vigils are fast days (Christmas, Pentecost, Assumption and All Saints). Now this is very confusing to read to me… ok, I now read that the citation is from 1909, but why is it on the internet like this? Maybe somebody can explain?
Personally I am not in the US, but still I am curious.
And this leads me to the other question, one that I have asked myself before: Can a bishops’ conference of a country/area decide that there are other fast days for that country/area apart from Good friday and Ash Wednesday? For example say some of the older days have to be kept again, by pain of sin? Or do they not have that authority?