How can a 3 PM Saturday Mass fulfill the Sunday obligation?

The question was just posed – again – as to whether a 3 PM Saturday Mass would fulfill the Sunday obligation. Michelle Arnold’s answer was “Yes.” I have yet to meet a priest who would agree with that. Pope John Paul II would not have agreed with that!

What I gave in the Q&A to which you linked was the short answer. Here is the long answer.

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