The Holy Spirit is moving as She did for the Second Vatican Council... Excommunications are a thing of the past, thank God. Although the heirachy (sic) seems to get a big thrill out of telling certain people that they are excommunicated. Personally we should all ignore that excommunication thing. Where did Jesus excommunicate anyone? No one should be excommunicated...The above was culled from a comment left in support of an article written at ...wait for it...the National Catholic Distorter. Wow, what a surprise...not. And I never realized that Vatican II did away with the 3rd commandment, did you?
The Second Vatican Council got rid of all the hocus pocus and the indulgences, etc and gave us a Liturgy that Jesus would be proud of. Jesus welcomed everyone...men women children saints and sinners. If attendance went down after the Second Vatican Council (although the parish I was in seemed as crowded as before the changes) it was because people became more educated and realized that yes they did not have to go to church every Sunday and if they didn't attend they no longer worried that they were going to go hell. Before it was considered a mortal sin of you did not go to Mass on Sunday's. Jesus never twisted anyone's arm about all these rules and regulations that the Pharisees had. On the contrary he was very much against the burden that following those rules and regulations put on people. After Vatican II not going to mass on Sunday's was not considered a sin...venial or mortal.
According to the Catechism: 2281 - The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.
I've replied to the above comment at the site, using the CCC quote - I wonder if the administrator will approve of it. There is still a heck of a lot of work to do...