Sunday, March 15, 2009

Only Four Holy Days in L.A. Diocese
The rest of the Church in the U.S. has six

Pat M. wrote to the Adoremus Bulletin (a publication that urges the reform of the plain ‘ol Ordinary Form) and asked about this announcement in her parish bulletin:

“New Year’s Mass: In the ecclesial Province of Los Angeles...the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is NOT observed as a Holy Day of Obligation, however in our Diocese, January 1st is observed as a special Day of Prayer for World Justice and Peace....”

The editor’s responded with the following:

According to the 1969 General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar §55, “Only with the approval of the Apostolic See (the Vatican) may a celebration be removed from the calendar or changed in rank.”

An individual bishop may dispense the obligation of a particular Holy Day in his diocese “for cause” – but he may not to it permanently. Since 2002, the Archbishop of Los Angeles
(and some other bishops in California) have done this every year, thus deviating from the calendar of Holy Days observed by the rest of the Church in the United States.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles states on its web site that it observes only four Holy Days.
(The other sees is the California ecclesial province also go along with this, including Mahoney’s cronies: Brown in Orange and Brom in San Diego.)

So, is any one surprised? Nothing new here. The usual modernist idol of “peace and justice” is more important than the Mother of God and Mahoney thumbing his nose at Rome and weakening the Faith for tens of thousands of Angelenos by dropping two holy days.


Blogger ignorant redneck said...

We need to establish some Catholic bishropics in that part of the world.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Forget Mahony, I went to Mass anyway Jan 1 (EF)...He may have dumped the Obligation, but I'm still going, my Mama deserves some love ;)

< 2 years to go...Can we out here in LA get a real Bishop? This successor to JI isn't doing anything for the Faithful.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Surprized? NO!

I assume the missing 6th one is the feast of the Ascension, which has been moved in most dioceses to Sunday.

The so-called reason behind all this moving of Holy Days was to make it easier to practice the faith. IMHO it has made it easier to avoid practicing the faith.

The Church is supposed to be a sign of contradiction to the standards of the world, NOT running after it for approval like Mahony.

As for peace & justice, who better to ask to intercede for peace than Mary, Queen of Peace & Mother of God (the feast Mahony dropped).

As I'm typing this a thought just crossed my mind that there may be a 2nd reason behind dropping it.

Think about it. The 1 Jan feast celebrates Mary as Theotokis (Mother of God). That is a title she was given to her at the Council of Ephesus (431 AD) in order to counter the Nestorian heresy.

& given Mahony's penchent for heresy, why would he want a feast that flies in the face of all he stands for.

Mahony needs to remember another declaration from that Council: it is "unlawful for any man to bring forward, or to write, or to compose a different (ἑτέραν) Faith as a rival to that established by the holy Fathers assembled with the Holy Ghost in Nicæa." (Canon 7)

But, I don't think he will. Like I said before, Mahony is probably going to go down as the latest in a long line of Bihsops like Arius rather than the great engine of change he thinks he is.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

The same applies to the California colony that I live in.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

First of all, the solemnity ought to be changed back to the "Feast of the Circumcision" which was changed in the first place by Pope John XXIII because he feared the "circumcision" offended Jews. Who the heck do they think Jesus was? A Hotentot?

7:04 PM  

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