Papal Lord's Day Quotes

Sunday interest began to accelerate in 1985, when a revision to  The Roman Catechism was published by Pope John Paul II: 

"The civil authorities [government] should be urged to cooperate  with the church in maintaining and strengthening this public  

worship of God [referring to Sunday], and to support with their  own authority the regulations set down by the church's pastors."  

"For it is only in this that the faithful will understand why it is Sunday and not the  Sabbath day that we now keep holy ." 5  
5 The Roman Catechism — 1985.

In an apostolic letter, Dies Domini , Pope John Paul II wrote: 

66. "In this matter, my predecessor Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical Rerum  Novarum spoke of Sunday rest as a worker's right which the State must   guarantee ."   

67. "Therefore, also in the particular circum-stances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty  to keep Sunday holy." 6
6 Dies Domini 5-31-1998 .

Pope Benedict XVI comes on the scene: 

July 25, 2005: "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.'" 9  
9 In meeting with Diocesan Clergy of Aosta , Italy .

November 12, 2005 : Francis Rooney is installed as the  

New Ambassador of the United States of America to the 

Holy See. Pope Benedict addressed the occasion: 

"Social disorder, war, injustice and violence" can only be  

countered "by renewed appreciation and respect for the  

universal moral law [the Decalogue], that only by  

recognizing that law can the world have dignity, life and  


Only if the world recognized " that law , can the world have 'dignity, life and  freedom' with 'conditions of j ustice and peace ' in all the communities of the world ,  and that the promotion and defense of this law is what 'must govern relations between nations and peoples in the pursuit of the common good of the human  family ... within the inter-national community.'"   9 In meeting with Diocesan Clergy of Aosta , Italy

In a "Sunday Law" lies the "hope" of mankind!  We have respect for the Ten Commandments, it is the key to international conflict. It will bring peace and a "common good."

November 27, 2006: "People cannot be sanctified except on Sunday [because]  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." 10  
10 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

September 9, 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." 11   )  11 Eucharistic Celebration Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna .

Pope Francis created a fascinating argument to support Sunday rest: 

"Christ establishes a new covenant between God and man, the old law is fulfilled and no longer necessary." " Christ's flesh, not the old law, is the bridge from man   to God ." Pope Francis concluded by saying that he hoped "the examples of  Jesus' love and closeness in the Gospel can help modern-day Christians from sliding into hypocrisy." 15

15 reflects, October 31, 2014 .