Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SHOULDN'T THE REFORM OF THE REFORM RECAPTURE FASTING AND ABSTINENCE AS IT WAS PRIOR TO THE COUNCIL
Our practices of no meat on Friday, strict Lenten observances, ember days and the like were very, very horizontal and in the best since of the word. It created Catholic community when we did what we did as a group, not on a highly individualistic basis.
So my suggestion to Holy Mother Church and her Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome is to guide us back to the pre-Vatican II legislation but not making it a moral matter, but a spiritual matter that we should gladly do in a horizontal way with our Catholic brothers and sisters throughout the world.
So this is what I would legislate if I were pope (thank God, I'm only and lowly priest):
1. Catholic fast for three hours before Holy Communion between the ages of 18 and 59, otherwise it is for one hour for all other ages
2. All ages of Catholics abstain from meat each Friday of the year, unless a solemnity falls on a Friday and all ember days are re-instituted and require abstinence as well
3. During Lent everyday except Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation are days of Fasting for those 18 through 59 with dispensations easily granted for others for real need
4. Every Wednesday and Friday are days of abstinence during Lent
What do you think? Would it recover a horizontal Catholicism lost after Vatican II?