Roman Catholic Church Quotes on Sunday Law

20 Jan

“Recovering the theological significance of Sunday is fundamental to rebalancing our lives … We strongly urge both clergy and laity to        work cooperatively within their communities to stress the importance of Sunday        for worship and family … The rediscovery of this day is a grace which we must implore.” (The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, Saint Paul’s College, Washington, DC, October 27, 2012.)

“Sunday is an obligation for all the faithful which brings authentic freedom enabling them to live        each day, that it is the Lord’s day, that it is a day to be sanctified, and those who do not keep it suffer the        loss of an authentic sense of Christian freedom and the loss of being the children of God, that Sunday is the        primordial holy day and is meant to be kept holy, a day of rest from work, which hopefully will also be recognized        by civil society by law.” (Sacramentum Caritatis: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist        as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission, Given by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, at Saint Peter’s,        February 22, 2007, the Feast of the Chair of Peter.)

It is necessary to hold Sunday in special high regard in order to remain united to Christ, as it is the        day dedicated to the Lord.” (Message of Pope Benedict XVI to the Participants in the 9th International Youth Forum        (Rocca di Papa, 28-31 March 2007), from the Vatican, March 28, 2007.)

“Without the Lord’s day, we cannot live, that meeting with the Lord only occurs on the specific day of Sunday, that        life does not flourish without Sunday, and that Sunday is a day of rest, of freedom and equality for all the world.”       (Eucharistic Celebration Homily of Pope Benedict XVI , Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Sunday, September 9, 2007.)

Encouraged America to exercise its leadership within the international community based on the common moral law        [Sunday holiness].” (Address of Pope Benedict XVI  to H.E. Mrs. Mary Ann Glendon, New Ambassador of the United States of        America to the Holy See, Friday, February 29, 2008.)

“The world has greater need of hope for peace, justice and freedom, which can never be delivered without obedience to the        law of God [Sunday holiness].” (Video-Message of the Pope Benedict XVI  to Catholics and People of the United States of        America on the Occasion of the Upcoming Apostolic Journey,  April 15-21, 2008.)

“In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians [in the USA and elsewhere] should seek recognition of        Sundays and the Church’s holy days as legal holidays.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, popular and definitive edition,        2000, par. 2188)

“This organization proposes in every possible way to aid in preserving Sunday as a civil institution. Our national security requires        the active support of all good citizens in the maintenance of our American Sabbath. Sunday laws must be enforced.”       Quoted as “principles contained in the Constitution” of the original orginization (then called the American Sabbath Union), cited in        The Lord’s Day Alliance, Twenty fifth Report (1913), p6

On September 7, 1947, Pope Pius XII declared that the time for reflection and planning is past in religious and moral        fields and the time for action has arrived. He said that the battle in religious and moral fields hinged on five points:        Religious culture, the sanctifying of Sunday, the saving of the Christian family, social justice and loyalty and        truthfulness in dealings.” (Evening Star (Washington D.C.), Sept. 8, 1947)

The RCC “makes its contribution (in the ethical and moral sphere) according to the dispositions of international        law, helps to define that law, and makes appeal to it, that we live in a time when little groups of independent people        threaten the unity of the world, and that the only way to combat this problem is by establishing law and then ordering        all of society according to this law, thus promoting peace and good will throughout the earth.”       (Apostolic Journey to the United States of America and Visit to the United Nations Organization Headquarters, Meeting        with the Members of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, Address of Pope Benedict XVI, New York, Friday,        April 18, 2008.)

“People cannot be sanctified except on Sunday, that Christ transferred Sabbath sacredness to Sunday, that only        those who keep Sunday belong to Christ, that only on Sunday does the risen Lord makes himself present among his        followers, that only these worship God properly, and that may Sunday regain all its importance.”       (Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Card. Francis Arinze on the Occasion of the Study Day in Honour of the 43rd Anniversary        of the Promulgation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, From the Vatican, November 27, 2006.)

“Sunday is a day of rest for all workers.” (Address of Pope Benedict XVI to the Italian Christian Workers’        Associations (A.C.L.I.), Clementine Hall, Friday, January 27, 2006.)

“Saturday is no longer the worship day of God, only on Sunday can we become part of the body of Christ in the        world, only by worshiping on Sunday can we avoid egoistic isolation and instead be united in a great community…a        universal community becoming related to everyone in the world.” (Meeting with Diocesan Clergy of Aosta, Address of Pope        Benedict XVI, Parish Church at Introd (Aosta Valley), Monday, July 25, 2005.)

“Every Sunday is to be dedicated and given to God.” (Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin        Mary, Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, given in Parish Church of Castel Gandolfo, Monday, August 15, 2005.)

Only on Sunday can we experience a personal encounter with Christ.” (Apostolic Journey of Pope Benedict XVI        to Brazil on the Occasion of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Carribbean,        Inaugural Session, Address of Pope Benedict XVI, Conference Hall, Shrine of Aparecida, Sunday, May 13, 2007.)

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