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60To Fast Againhttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2005/03/to-fast-again
Tue, 01 Mar 2005 00:00:00 -0500 The renewal inaugurated by the Second Vatican Council sprang in large part from the liberating discovery of the depth and variety of Catholic tradition. Yet paradoxically the post-conciliar reforms were sometimes implemented in a spirit of philistine dismissal of “tradition” as nothing more than the dead hand of the past. In shedding a past perceived as sterile and oppressive, much that was profound and life-giving was also lost. One of the saddest casualties of that process was the effective abolition of the Church’s ancient observances of fasting and abstinence.