Adoration of the Magi by Fray Nicols Borrs, c. 1570
… As someone noted about the arbitrary nature and silliness of moving around feast days for the convenience of the laity, why doesn’t the USCCB just go ahead and move Christmas and Ash Wednesday to Sunday and be done with it? This past Christmas made martyrs out of Africans traveling to midnight mass, most traveling many miles on foot at the peril of their own lives, and certain Bishops here want to move things around so Americans won’t be burdened with attending mass during a week day.
So does anyone know how or why US Bishops have secured this authority to move things around? It’s not really a universal move to not celebrate feasts with the rest of the Catholic world.