I have had parents over the years that make their children's sporting events more important than anything else in these young people's lives. It is spiritual abuse when sporting events take precedence over Sunday Mass, First Holy Communions and even Confirmation.
But that is the state of our cultural Catholicism today and it is sad.
Thus kudos to Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit in being late rather than never in addressing this spiritual abuse of Sundays.
Anyone with the first name of Allen, even if misspelled, has to be good.
Catholic News Agency
DETROIT - The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced that it will no longer hold required sporting events on Sundays, in an effort to refocus the day on prayer, family and rest.
In a reflection on his 2016 pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a pastoral note on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of “the Lord’s Day.”
He said Sunday is ultimately a time for faith, family, and rest, announcing that Catholic grade and high schools in the archdiocese will cease sports practices and games on this day.
“Sunday [is] a day set apart for the Lord, for family and for works of mercy,” he said. “In our time, Sunday has slowly lost its pride of place. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are committed to setting aside this day as much as possible for God-centered pursuits.”
“In shifting away from the hustle of required sporting activities on Sunday, we will reclaim this holy day and create more time for families to choose activities that prioritize time spent with each other and our Lord,” he added.
The change in the archdiocesan sporting policy comes in response to a local synod in 2016, which included lay Catholics, religious, and clergy members. The archbishop’s pastoral letter soon followed, calling Catholics to embrace greater conversion and efforts of evangelization