Thursday, August 18, 2011
MEATLESS FRIDAYS: IT'S A NO BRAINER!
In 1967 Pope Paul VI made optional meatless Fridays while still encouraging some form of penance or mortification on Friday in remembrance of our Lord's passion and death.
The bishops of Great Britain have re-instituted this iconic practice. While external and not really a big penance for people who like seafood, it did bind Catholics in a common practice and gave us an "external" identity that marked us a "Fish-eaters." While of course we are marked as Jesus' followers and that is primary, externals point to what should be internalized about our relationship to God and our religious practices.
The 1960's was all about iconoclasm of our pre-Vatican II identity, a rupture with that bad old Church before the "renewal." Latin, gone, meatless,Fridays, gone, chastity, gone; habits, gone; rosaries, novenas and devotions, gone; beautifully, ornate churches, gone; Catholic identity, gone!
Today Mass attendance has dropped to all time lows, Catholics don't know what their faith teaches and think Catholicism Lite is a good alternative and children in most communities at least in this country have never seen a nun in their school let alone be taught be one.
READ WHAT ARCHBISHOP TIMOTHY DOLAN THINKS ABOUT MEATLESS FRIDAYS. MAYBE HE CAN RALLY HIS BROTHER BISHOPS AND PROVIDE THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP THAT ENABLED GREAT BRITAIN'S BISHOPS TO BRING BACK MEATLESS FRIDAYS! OR MAYBE POPE BENEDICT COULD DO IT LIKE POPE PAUL UNDID IT? PRESS HERE.