I understand the CIC requirement for attending Mass on Holy Days of Obligation (all Sundays, etc.) or on the evening preceeding the Holy Day of Obligation.
However, it would seem to me that the CIC pertains primarily to matters of discipline and not exclusively to matters of Faith or Morals. Furthermore, it would seem to me that matters of discipline are not necessarily subject to be listed under the gravity of sinfulness as a matter pertaining to the violation of a matter of Faith or Morals.
For example, the consumption of meat was generally forbidden at one point, but later that prohibition was lifted. It would appear that a person who ate meat the week prior to the change in law but died prior to the effective date of the new law could be in Hell for the mortal sin, however another person performing the same act the week after the new law would not be guilty of any sin, not even a venial for the same act. I know this is a poor example, but I hope you will understand the direction of thought.
This matter disturbs me greatly for a number of reasons. It appears to demonstrate inconsistency with regard to the handling of matters pertaining to sin.
I have considered the matter from another angle but it has not provided the relief I had hoped for so I remain in doubt to this matter. This alternative view is that the subject matter is not the matter of sin, but rather the action of defiance to obedience to the authority of the Church. I think I can understand this, to a point, but I feel that something is missing.
I apologize in advance for this issue because I know it MUST be clear but I just can’t see it for some reason. I will appreciate any clarification on this matter. I do understand it may simply be a matter of “because the Church declared it, so it is”. If this is the case, what is the authoritative citation backing up the authority to impose such a severe penalty on a disciplinary matter? I’m sure it exists in the Fathers and CIC, but I wouldn’t even know where to begin a search on that. My guess is someone here has already addressed this one and knows.
I look forward to a response.