Bp. Morlino, in his 27 August Statement, asked the faithful of the Diocese of Madison to observe the Ember Days as times of reparation for the sins that brought on The Present Crisis. HERE
I read at LifeSite that Bp. Zubik of Pittsburgh, which has suffered dreadfully and while was a focus of the PA AG Report, has asked the faithful of that Diocese also to observe the Ember Days.
I am hopeful that this course of events, a return to traditions and devotions that work and that have a track record, will bear fruit.
Pittsburgh bishop revives traditional devotions in response to abuse crisis
PITTSBURGH, September 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Traditional devotions that have all but vanished from the majority of Catholic parishes will be revived in one prominent American diocese on account of the abuse crisis.
Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has announced a “Year of Repentance” in his diocese that will begin on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Zubik has asked all clergy to fast and pray for the purification of the Church “in light of the scandal of sex abuse.”
In service of this fasting and prayer, the bishop has instructed the priests to observe the twelve Ember days of the coming year by abstaining from meat and praying before the Blessed Sacrament for an hour on those days.
When Benedict XVI wrote to the Irish people, after their world fell apart, he recommended a return to traditional devotions.
May he was on to something?
It is interesting how the Ember Days have been dusted off.
Oh yes… there’s more:
In addition, the Bishop of Pittsburgh has asked his priests to consider leading the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel after all Masses, a devotional practice established in 1884 and discontinued in most parishes after the Second Vatican Council. Two or three other American bishops have recently requested its return.
Rather than creep up to it, why not just institute the Leonine Prayers, the whole thing?
Still, Fr. Z kudos.