Today is the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles: a Jew and Gentile, the first Pope and the first-ranked missionary bishop. In honor of this Double of the First Class Feast and (historically and still in Rome) a Holy Day of Obligation, I post a make I have delineated of the Catholic Dioceses of the United States:
A few questions linger:
- If only 1/4th of the supposed 70 million U.S. Catholics attend Sunday Mass, why are there still all these dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces headed by archdioceses/archbishops?
- If many Catholics (of all ranks and classes) support abortion, contraception, and gay marriage, why aren't they excommunicated?
- Why hasn't the Church been purified liturgically and doctrinally in all it's institutions?
The simple answer is Vatican II.