Monday, 28 April 2008

Silly bishops!

Having forced upon us the transfer of the feasts of the Epiphany, Ascension and Corpus Christi to the nearest Sunday completely against the general wishes of the laity, the English bishops are trying to do the same to the 1962 missal! It seems that the idea that some churches might keep the old feasts does not cut much ice with them. This is the request they made to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei:

Following a request for information the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales submitted a dubium to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei which confirmed that in the Roman Rite, whichever Form of the liturgy is being celebrated, the Holydays of Obligation are held in common. Where the obligation has been removed and the Holyday transferred to the Sunday, the Epiphany of the Lord, the Ascension of the Lord and Corpus Christ, this is to be followed in both Ordinary and Extraordinary celebrations of Mass.

Let us hope that this does not cut too much ice in Rome.

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Whether they were successful or not I think I can speak for many Catholics when I say I would still make the effort to hear a Mass on the proper day even if they were to differ it.