I believe I remarked about the transfer of Ascension Thursday a few years ago? At that time I was still a member of the Presbyteral Council for the Archdiocese. Cardinal McCarrick wanted to move the holy day to put us in sync with Arlington, Baltimore and Wilmington, which had already done so. I argued, why did we have to follow after their lead? The priests voted, and as with a number of such votes about matters ranging from priests’ pensions to prohibiting Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, I LOST. Indeed, I was the LONE VOTE opposing the transfer. They argued that people were more likely to attend Mass on Sunday and that it was confusing to follow a practice different from neighboring dioceses, especially given that so many from Baltimore and Virginia work in DC and the metropolitan Washington area. I contended that this served as another retreat from making demands of any seriousness upon the Catholic people.
Thank you for your comments on the Ascension, I feel very strongly that such a feast – one as old as Easter – shouldn’t be transfered. I think the happy medium would be for Archbishop Wuerl to abrogate the obligation (which he is allowed to do) so it will be celebrated on the proper day but people aren’t “forced” to go to Mass during the week.
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