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Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen, “the Lion of Münster,” was beatified in 2005 for breaking the silence of the German episcopate and “weaponizing” his homilies against the Nazis before and during World War II. (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

Until the issue of Holy Communion for pro-abortion politicians gets resolved, the faithful are left to wonder if the Church is entirely serious about upholding the truth of her teaching.

Regis MartinImagine a time traveler from another century, who, as fate would have it, finds himself suddenly parked in the middle of almost any state in the country. Then tell him it’s been 40 days since Easter Sunday, which makes it Ascension Thursday, faith’s greatest festival of the future. Chances are, if he’s Catholic, he’ll want to know where the nearest church is, so he can get to Mass.

However, here’s where things get a bit sticky because, depending on which state he’s fallen into, there might not even be a Mass. In fact, in all but a very few places — six to be exact, i.e., Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha and Philadelphia — he’ll have to wait until Sunday to observe the Solemnity. So, the path opened to us by Our Savior’s return to the Father, will have to wait a few more days before most of us can actually begin the journey. Leaving our poor time-traveler perhaps with a serious case of scruples, since missing a Holy Day of Obligation amounts to mortal sin in any place. …

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