This is something I’m struggling to understand. I know the “Whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in Heaven…” passage, but that doesn’t answer question I’ve got.
Meat on Lenten Fridays. In the US it’s grave matter to eat meat on a Lenten Friday. From what I’ve read that’s not so in Canada. Given that the bishop conference can take away the meat obligation there must be nothing intrinsically wrong with eating meat on a Lenten Friday. (I’m guessing they couldn’t say abortion was no longer prohibited for example.) And then again with Holy Days of Obligation where the US has 8 to Canada’s 2 (and Hong Kong’s 1.)
So now here I am wondering why it’s a sin to miss a Holy Day or eat meat on a Lenten Friday if the bishops can just do away with the obligation. And I’m also confused that if they’re able to remit the obligation, why is it even grave matter in the first place if it’s something that’s completely in their control? Why would they make more grave matter that people could commit?
This is just confusing to me. So if anyone has any explanations, could you help me out?