Father Z, the California Catholic Daily, and the Catholic Caveman have all commented on the California Bishops' dispensing their flocks from attending Mass today--the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God--which is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Heaven knows why the Bishops do this. The California Catholic Daily said this:
“It’s nothing really sinister,” a former priest of the Los Angeles archdiocese told California Catholic Daily. "It’s really pretty mundane – for the convenience of the lay people.”
Well, the literary critic Guy Davenport called the idea of convenience "one of the strangest and tackiest ideas ever conceived by mankind," and he was right.
I'm happy to say that despite the dispensation there were many people in the pews at SS. Peter and Paul this morning.
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney