With a nod to the Catholic Movie Guy, I have finally found a way to square the circle of lamenting the senseless transfer of Ascension Thursday to Sunday, and yet showing my obedience as a Catholic to the authority of the shepherds who did it.
We must appeal to that same authority to make an even more senseless transfer of Easter Sunday to the following Thursday.
I mean, one of those feasts ought to fall on Thursday, right? And since moving feasts around doesn’t matter, it might as well be Easter Sunday. Those with rigid liturgical sensibilities could always have a commemoration of Thursday in the Octave of Easter, which in the novus ordo would be, of course, optional.
Think of the side benefits: those bishops who don’t really believe in the Resurrection could ensure fewer Catholics would be exposed to the concept. Those other bishops desiring to appeal to the cynical millennials could exploit the power of the irony of the situation. And hey, it keeps to the pontifical agenda of planned, newsworthy chaos.
So, fellow Catholics, who’s with me?