[quote="UncleBill, post:7, topic:314955"]
The idea of obligation is VERY clear in the Western Church. It even comes with penalties for not attending.
I don't believe it is a poor translation........but it is a legal mentality very prevalent in the Western Church.
It is, and it's a very good one. Going to Mass out of love of God is ideal and should be embraced by every Catholic. But not all Catholics are yet at that level of love for God, so the Church, knowing that without prayer no one can be saved, imposes the obligation so that if they don't get saved out of love for God, they will at hopefully least get there starting with the fear of hell. It is a minimum, just as imperfect contrition is sufficient for absolution, but perfect contrition is ideal.
Without the obligation, more will stop going to Mass; this is a given and more will be in sorrier states than they are now. The Church's imposing of an obligation is in conformity with its highest law, which is the salvation of souls.