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So why the Dogma?
It’s like, totally unfair, you know? We have to go to Church two days in a row this year! Why can’t the rest of the Bishop’s conferences be like the Diocese of Honolulu? They only have two Holy Days of Obligation besides Sundays. Why can’t we get the Feast of Christ’s Conception moved to the closest Sunday. And, why is his conception so close to his birthday? We already have had the Ascension, and The Epiphany, and Corpus Christi moved to Sunday, why not the rest of the Days of Obligation. Earlier in our history the bishops dropped the Feasts of Joseph, Peter, and Paul as well. It’s not like God needs us to go to Church anyway. He doesn’t need us to praise him. Why can’t I just stay home and worship him in my own way?
Mark, your series on the Immaculate Conception has really been excellent. Very helpful to this recent convert…especially since this dogma wasn’t terribly well-explained in my RCIA class.