Wedding Reception During Lent
(03-09-2021, 06:38 PM)jack89 Wrote: Per the 1962 Missal, Universal Church rules call for Fasting and complete Abstinence on Fridays and Saturdays of Lent, with Fasting and partial Abstinence the rest of the week.  The U.S. rules are a little different with partial Abstinence and Fasting on Saturdays.  

I've been following the Universal Church standards, but will make as exception for my son's wedding.

No, they don't. The rules that bind are the 1983 Code of Canon Law, which requires fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and abstinence on all other Fridays, unless changed by a particular country's bishops' conference. In England and Wales, the bishops recently made Friday abstinence mandatory again. In the US, you're allowed to do some other penance instead.

Keep the old rules all you want - they're good for you. But they're voluntary, and if you break something you voluntarily chose to do and aren't required to do, there's no sin. If you want to fully follow the old rules, don't have a wedding during Lent.
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(03-09-2021, 05:38 PM)ChairmanJoeAintMyPresident Wrote:
(03-09-2021, 05:35 PM)Paul Wrote: What fasting and abstinence rules? It’s a Saturday.

This is the "well ayckshually" of trad Catholicism.  I don't think anyone has forgotten how lax today's rules are.  :)

Apparently they have, because these sorts of questions keep coming up. I'd like to see the old rules back, and they're better for souls, but I'm not the one with the power to bind and loose. Thinking the old rules are still mandatory only leads to unnecessary worry and guilt, and could - and I'm not saying that's going on here - lead to looking down on other Catholics who only follow the lax new rules and don't fast during Lent, as well as worry others who might be traditionalist but don't do the full Lenten fast, and lead to scrupulousness. What's printed in hand missals is not the law, and the ones I have seen, including the Angelus Press one from the SSPX, list the traditional rules followed by the current rules, with the older rules in the past tense.

Curiously, one place where the new code is stronger is that it requires fasting beginning at age 18, instead of the older code's 21. Even if that's only six more days of fasting. But that does mean that 18-to-20-year-olds have an obligation even if they follow the old rules.

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