Skip to comments.[Catholic Caucus] Two bishops’ advice to Catholics in Lenten crisis: Eat meat on Fridays
Posted on 03/27/2020 9:18:07 PM PDT by ebb tide
March 27, 2020 (CatholicCulture.org) Another week dominated by news about the CO19 epidemic; another week without access to the sacraments. These are distressful times, and we are facing troubles that we could not have imagined, even a few weeks ago. As this troubled week moved toward a close, a couple of headlines truly looked surreal:
Bishops advising Catholics to ease up on their Lenten sacrifices. As I remarked to the Daily Caller, In time of trouble, the time-honored Catholic response is to call for more prayer and fasting, not less. But in Metuchen, New Jersey, Bishop James Checchio said that the rule for meatless Fridays during Lent would be lifted, in light of the many other sacrifices that we are suddenly experiencing. Bostons Cardinal Sean OMalley took the same astonishing step. Its inconceivable (well, at least until this week I would have thought it was inconceivable) that a Catholic bishop would advise his people to pray a bit less. Yet in traditional Catholic practice, prayer and fasting are inextricably linked, particularly during Lent. (Actually there are three elements to the traditional Lenten routine: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Would any bishop suggest that Catholics should be less generous during the epidemic?) Im searching for the place in the Gospel where our Lord says that this kind is cast out only by cheeseburgers.
The other surreal headline was actually on an editorial in the New York Times not just a routine unsigned editorial, but one endorsed, with an unusual invocation of authority, by the editorial board of the New York Times. The headline conveys the idea: Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic Not Less. The secular liberal establishment never lets a crisis go to waste, never misses an opportunity to seize the offensive. But the crass insensitivity of this argument is astonishing. At a time when the specter of death hovers over New York, the citys most influential newspaper calls for: more death.
In a climate of hysteria, a fresh and balanced perspective in particular, a distinctly Catholic perspective is especially valuable. So Im pleased to pass along something from Thomas More College, where Im now teaching part-time. Its a very small school, very strongly imbued with the spirit of a Catholic community of learning, and it was painful for everyone students, faculty, and staff when state regulations forced the college to close. But in this message to the college community, President William Fahey provided some reasons for hope, along with some useful reminders of how Catholics respond to crisis.
Published with permission from CatholicCulture.org.
Are bats ok?
They should NEVER reopen.
The Hierarchy has capitulated in a way that would have given wet dreams to Nero, Valerian, and Diocletian.
I disagree, we people have more spine that these two Bishops.
Man if I was a Catholic Id feel so gaslit right now.
I know this is a caucus I post in sympathy.
In the not-so-good Bishops’ defense: If there isn’t going to be an Easter, why bother with Lent /s
I get the feeling that we’re living in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia under the White Witch: Always winter and never Christmas....or rephrased always Lent and never Pascha.
I love seafood so Im going to continue my Lenten practice of no meat Fridays. My parents would be rolling over in their graves if they saw what our beloved Church has become.
I will keep no meat Fridays!
I will ignore their suggestions. I’m embarrassed for them.
First it was the “it’s ok...you can confess your sins directly to God Himself”...now this!
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