This is a very insightful comment from John Nolan. I grew up in Georgia, historically the middle of the Bible Belt. Most Catholics in our diocese were less than 3 % of the population. And yes even in pre-Vatican II times there was some syncretism with our Catholicism and evangelical Protestantism. With Vatican II’s unbridled ecumenism this syncretism went on steroids especially with charismatic Catholics.
Btw, John, Chick-fil-a is a Georgia founded fast food restaurant with drive throughs, and sells only boneless chicken sandwiches, strips and nuggets with sides and delicious peach milkshakes. The founders are staunch southern Baptists. The company is now going international and you will love it when it comes to the UK!
With that preface discuss John’s insights:
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Isn't Chick-fil-A a restaurant? Surely no-one is suggesting that restaurants close on Sundays? Strict and dour sabbatarianism is a Protestant trait; in the ultra-Presbyterian parts of N.Ireland children's playgrounds are locked on Sundays, and the neighbours will object to your washing the car.
Real Catholics know that the Lord's day is a feast day. They attend Mass in the morning, not in the evening and certainly not on the previous day. Evening Masses were not universally permitted until 1957 and the Saturday anticipated Mass (it isn't a vigil Mass) was first introduced in Italy after Vatican II and gradually spread.
The rest of Sunday is a time for celebration. Our medieval ancestors knew how to eat, drink and be merry. There is a a neo-Puritanism infecting the Church. Dull liturgies focused almost entirely on the spoken word which must be immediately and literally understood, coupled with a visceral dislike of beauty in art, music and architecture, are symptomatic of this trend.
It needs to be resisted, and strongly