Friday, March 11, 2016
CARDINAL DOLAN, IT'S THE POPE AND BISHOPS IN UNION WITH HIM FAULT, NOT RANK AND FILE CLERGY AND LAITY--IT IS CALLED A LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND WATERING DOWN THE DISCIPLINE OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH
Need I remind the good Cardinal about how scrupulously Catholics prior to the Council observed the midnight fast before Holy Communion which in 1958 was reduced to a more reasonable but nonetheless strict three hour fast. But after Vatican II to a mere one hour before Holy Communion.
Need I remind the good Cardinal that every Friday of the YEAR it was prescribed that we abstain from meat/pork/ fowl products and Catholics were scrupulous about doing so prior to Vatican II but after the law was relaxed and became fiercely individualistic rather than communal that discipline collapsed.
Need I remind the good Cardinal that prior to Vatican II there were additional days of fast and abstinence for ember days and rogation days. Gone today!
Need I remind the good Cardinal about the strict fasting during the entire season of Lent save Sundays which today has become a bit of a joke.
Yes, Cardinal Dolan makes some good points. But only he, his brother bishops and the pope can change the laxity of Catholics today and reinvigorate the ascetical discipline of the Church. We are waiting:
March 10, 2016
Have We Lost It? Timothy Cardinal Dolan
One of my favorite memories of baseball is about the pitching legend Sandy Koufax. This cherished recollection about one of the game’s greatest pitchers did not occur on the mound, however, it came in 1965, when Sandy informed the manager of the Dodgers that he would not be able to pitch on the Jewish high holyday, Yom Kippur. For Sandy, his faith was more important than even baseball.
Last week I was taking a walk in Central Park and stopped at a cart for a bottle of water. But, the attendant was not to be seen. I walked around the cart hoping to find him, and there he was, a faithful Moslem, on his knees for his duty of prayer.
How about the movie Chariots of Fire, the true story about the committed Christian Olympic runner, Eric Liddell, who would not compete on Sunday, the Sabbath? Remember?
And now I understand the Jewish members of the senior class at Baruch University have asked that their late Friday afternoon graduation ceremony be rescheduled earlier so as not to interfere with Sabbath. God bless them!
What about us Catholics?
From what I can detect, instead of fidelity to communal acts of penance, we write in for “dispensations” for the measly eight days of fasting left – – Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.
We continue to schedule celebrations, parties, and fundraisers during what should be forty somber days of penance.
As for observing the Sabbath, only 25% of us attend Mass, instead of loyalty to Sunday, when we seem to prefer Starbucks and sporting events – – even sponsored by the CYO!
Our Catholic colleges will compete in “March Madness” even on Good Friday, and coaches in our parishes will complain that CYO games cannot be scheduled on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
The Bible tells us we need fasting, penance, holy days and the Sabbath.
Sociologists tell us that a religion needs what they call “markers” to flourish, external signs (like Sabbath observances and fasting) to flow from internal conviction.
Am I exaggerating when I ask if we Catholics have lost it?
Where’s the Catholic Sandy Koufax?