Originally Posted by Kielbasi
*The principal reason why some of the bishops have been celebrating these days on Sundays is that many folks hadn’t been able to make it during the week, particularly in the US and other nations where the holy days aren’t civil holidays(like in Europe/Latin America). Some people who work in offices or in the field can cut out for an hour, but an assembly line worker or the window clerk at Taco Bell, its a different story.
Moving the holy days of obligation to Sunday enables a lot more folks to participate.*
This is an extremely weak case considering that Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, and yet, the Mass (or service if only ashes are distributed) is typically standing room only. So tell me why those same folks cannot make Ascension Thursday such that, in order to ‘enable a lot more folks to participate,’ the bishops move the holy day to be observed on the following Sunday? Let’s face it, many bishops are wimps when it comes to their pastoral duties, and too many of the ‘faithful’ are truly not that faithful.
The ‘typical’ American Catholic is a disobedient spoiled brat who won’t take the effort to attend Mass if it’s not sufficiently convenient, while Catholics who live in oppressed countries often risk their own safety and that of their families just to have the opportunity to attend Mass.
Let’s get real, and quit making excuses.