I did not say that is was not the same Church. And it is not a “horrible false dichotomy” to speak my opinion, or even the truth. “The Canon Law has developed to more accurately portray the wisdom of the Church (I suspect to more accurately teach Christ’s command that the Sabbath was made for man, but it is what it is).” Are you stating that previous Codes did not accurately teach Christ’s Command? That is a modernist heresy! That sounds like the sort of heresy being maliciously spread through the Church today. It reminds me of a priest I met from a local English seminary who said that the Church before Vatican II was not Biblical! In fact, my opinion is that the modern Code is not very helpful regarding certain topics, including the Dominica (the Lord’s Day).
Those instructions are taken from a 1962 Examination of Conscience for Confession. To do any one of those IS a mortal sin!! When referring to Confession, I think the Church has to be rigid, so that everyone knows what properly constitutes a sin!
I thought the joy proper to Sunday is God?! Apparently not in your case!
Again, Dominica is made by God for man, so that man can worship God properly. Hence the reason for the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. I know the modern Code says that you can go on Saturday evening. However, this is an absurd thing to say. The Mass is what makes the Lord’s Day holy!! It is consecrated by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! My Sunday is empty without Mass! I sometimes go on Saturday evenings to prepare for Sunday, but it never fulfills my obligation to go on Sunday!
If people were preoccupied with praying or being with family, then they would not need to worry about sinning on the Dominica. You are more likely to sin whilst shopping (all those naughty billboards that display obscene images), than by meditating on a image of Christ, His Mother or the Saints!
Okay, the Code doesn’t mention the word “servile”. Yet, it does not define what constitutes “works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God”. At least the older Code took the time to define what it meant. We are not Protestants who can pick and choose! And for the Code being more “accessible” to the modern mind, I for one would highly disagree! I am 21 years old and find myself scratching at what it means! How am I supposed to do as God has Commanded when I am picking and choosing my own beliefs?! And, are you stating that the 1917 Code is not accessible? I turn to the traditional teachings of the Church, even if they are “medieval”. At least then, I can understand what God wants me to do!