Tuesday, January 1, 2008
The Conehead Brigade is At It Again
Last night at Mass at the end when announcements are made, the Saintly Father S. mentioned that in our diocese (and some others depending apparently on how the bishop "feels") the obligation of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was dispensed. Father said "you don't have to go -- BUT YOU *SHOULD* GO," thereby giving some clue as to how *he* felt about the matter.
Later this evening, I wanted to check it out myself, having thought "Wait...I thought those pinheads were only making it easier if the Holy Days fell the day before or after a Sunday with some exceptions...." because in this case the Jan 1 is TWO days after Sunday. According to the general calendar for the US Jan 1, 2008 IS a Holy Day of Obligation according to the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.) See page 9. So I further checked our own diocesan calendar, and sure enough our weeny brigade has dispensed the obligation for Jan 1st. According to the USCCB conference the Hawaiians have the day dispensed too, by indult. (Hawai'i is even weenier than we are, having only two days - besides Sundays - as days of obligation, Christmas and Dec. 8th.)
Personally, my own thoughts are: It's EITHER a Holy Day, or it's NOT. Make up your minds, already. Not this, "well, it's a Holy Day, UNLESS we're also celebrating national hot dog day, or the bishop has a long vacation planned for that month, or there's a pink Cadillac parked on Main Street between the hours of 2-4p.m." Geez, make up your minds, hosers.