Will Francis Change the Date of Easter?

[ The anti-Catholic “race to erase” Sacred Tradition has gone to afterburners. Behold this latest concession by Nuovo Roma to schismatic pantheists in its endless “race to embrace” implacable heretics, assuring them that they, and not Chirst’s True Church, were “right all along.” / gpmtrad ]

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Vatican City, Jun 19, 2015 / 03:53 am (CNA).- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.

The Pope on June 12 said “we have to come to an agreement” for a common date on Easter.

His comments came in remarks to the World Retreat of Priests at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. The event drew priests from five continents.

Noting jokingly that Christians could say to one another: “When did Christ rise from the dead? My Christ rose today, and yours next week,” he said that this disunity is a scandal.

The Orthodox churches normally celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics. Some Orthodox leaders have also reflected on the dating of the Christian holy day. In May, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II wrote to the papal nuncio in Egypt suggesting a common date for Easter.

Historian Lucetta Scaraffia, writing in the Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, said the Pope is offering this initiative to change the date of Easter “as a gift of unity with the other Christian churches.”

A common date for Easter, she said, would encourage “reconciliation between the Christian churches and …a sort of making sense out of the calendar.”

She noted that the proposal could help reinforce the identity of persecuted Christians, particularly those in the Eastern churches that are at risk of disappearing.

Scaraffia wrote that the simultaneous celebration of the Resurrection by all Christians “would increase the importance of the central feast of the faith in a moment when changes seem to be suddenly coming throughout the world.”

“The Pope’s remarks implicitly underscore an important fact: in the countries where Christian identity is being overshadowed, the marking of time continues to be tied to the life of Jesus,” she added. “We also know also that the calendar is not only a convention but also something profound and symbolically relevant.”

Scaraffia said Easter and related feasts “constitute a distinct aspect of the liturgical year because they are connected with a cycle of time that repeats every year and marks the returns of the seasons.”

She also pointed out that the date of Easter is established based on the cycle of the moon, just as the Muslims and Jews establish their important feasts with the lunar calendar.

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4 comments on “Will Francis Change the Date of Easter?

  1. The Church has survived prelatial pettifoggery, nattering nincompoopery and nabobic numbskullery, along with impious infighting and even the odd case of temerarious tinkering.

    Yet, such excursions never before dared claim so boldly, “We have no idea where we got this from. Let’s try it your way! (wink! wink! nudge! nudge!)

    Welcome to Francischurch…

    Ten Commandments? (Negotiable, currently under review)

    Liturgical Solemnity? (“Make a mess!”)

    Church Calendar? (Undergoing renovation)

  2. Considering Jorge is a secularist and a religious relativist I have the perfect date he could set for Easter…. Earth Day!

    He can celebrate Spring and mother earth with his commie U.N. population control malthusian buddies without all that rigid and self-absorbed promethean neopelagian Jesus rising from the dead stuff.

    What better way for him to celebrate environmentalism?!

    How much longer Lord?

  3. I love how gpmtrad says,

    The anti-Catholic “race to erase” Sacred Tradition has gone to afterburners. Behold this latest concession by Nuovo Roma to schismatic pantheists in its endless “race to embrace” implacable heretics, assuring them that they, and not Chirst’s True Church, were “right all along.” / gpmtrad ]

    “They” are only “right all along” because the Council of Nicea, a Council Roman Catholics claim to recognize as well.

    Unlike Roman Catholics, when the Orthodox say they uphold Tradition (even if that the Tradition dates from 325 AD), they really mean it. I know that must be hard to believe since the Roman Catholic Church spits all over Tradition and has for over 1000 years.

  4. The new date will coincide with Earth Day.

    Will he change the date of Christmas too?
    Maybe remove the tabernacle to placate those who don’t share the Catholic understanding of sacramental theology? Then, of course, there’s women’s ordination to appease the Episcopalians and liberal Anglicans.

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