Sacrosanctum Concilium Appendix

This question is far less in vogue among world organizers these days, but it was a significant step in 1963:

The Second Ecumenical Sacred Council of the Vatican, recognizing the importance of the wishes expressed by many concerning the assignment of the feast of Easter to a fixed Sunday and concerning an unchanging calendar, having carefully considered the effects which could result from the introduction of a new calendar, declares as follows:

  1. The Sacred Council would not object if the feast of Easter were assigned to a particular Sunday of the Gregorian Calendar, provided that those whom it may concern, especially the brethren who are not in communion with the Apostolic See, give their assent.
  2. The sacred Council likewise declares that it does not oppose efforts designed to introduce a perpetual calendar into civil society.

But among the various systems which are being suggested to stabilize a perpetual calendar and to introduce it into civil life, the Church has no objection only in the case of those systems which retain and safeguard a seven-day week with Sunday, without the introduction of any days outside the week, so that the succession of weeks may be left intact, unless there is question of the most serious reasons. Concerning these the Apostolic See shall judge.

I’m not aware of any perpetual calendar plans that didn’t adopt days outside of the week as part of the plan. I’m not sure that the Sabbath notion of rest isn’t more important than a literal string of seven-day weeks. At any rate, I don’t think a perpetual calendar is coming soon. The world has far more contentious issues at hand.

Christian agreement on the date of Easter would seem to be more of a priority. I wonder how far away we are from that.

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5 Responses to Sacrosanctum Concilium Appendix

  1. Liam says:

    Well, I suspect the Church would, like the Jews, find no reason sufficient to abandon the immemorial succession of seven-day weeks.

    The problem in dealing with the dating of Easter is that there are myriad viewpoints, not merely two, and the East would not likely find binding any resolution not approved by a truly ecumenical council of orthodox-only bishops.

    Rome could choose to simply adopt the current Eastern approach to the Easter date (in other words, unreform the date, as it were), but that would leave non-Roman churches of the West in the lurch.

  2. Liam says:

    There are perpetual calendars that preserve the succession of weeks, btw, by toggling back and forth between 52-week years and a 53-week year.

  3. The biggest problem with “unreforming” the date is that it would fly in the face of astronomical logic. I have a deep regard for my Eastern sisters and brothers on many things. But scientific intractability is not a becoming quality. On this issue, they are just wrong. Unless a calendar devised by a pagan dictator overrides the value of having Easter celebrated in the Spring and connected in any way to Pesach.

  4. Liam says:

    Of course, Pesach is also migrating away from the vernal equinox as well. The current Jewish calendar dates from the generation after Nicaea I (a source of one aspect of the problems in the Easter date rules used in the East, btw), and does not take account of later astronomical corrections.

  5. peacecrusader says:

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    Jesus was actually crucified on August 17 as revealed by none other than the Holy Spirit Himself and proven to be true and correct. Please read what I have uploaded on wordpress. We will soon have a new perpetual calendar which will replace the present Gregorian calendar.

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