Saturday, December 09, 2006

Compromising the Holy Days

While Catholics in America went to Mass yesterday, Canadians had no such obligation. All but two of our holy days of obligation have been moved to the nearest Sunday.
I remember when I was growing up, I was told the reason for this was because of our geography, with travel distance so far in Canada, but that seems pretty lame to me. We all have cars in Canada, don't we?

Look at the SSPX holy days of obligation for Canada:
* All Sundays throughout the year
* The Circumcision of Our Lord (1 Jan)
* The Epiphany (6 Jan)
* Ascension Day
* All Saints (1 Nov)
* The Immaculate Conception (8 Dec)
* Christmas Day (25 Dec)

SSPX haven't compromised. Why should the rest of the Church?


Anonymous said...

great article on Compromising the Holy Days! well spoken!

Anonymous said...

Isn't the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) a holy day of obligation also?

Vincent A.

paramedicgirl said...

Sadly, it's not a holy day of obligation in Canada. The only two holy days of obligation are New Years Day, and Christmas Day. Moving the obligation to attend Mass for the important feast days to the nearest Sunday is a matter of convenience and has nothing to do with piety, and I think, actually can contribute to making people more lukewarm in their faith.