A number of Catholic churches have now dumped sand into their holy water fonts at the entrances to the nave--it's Lent, so the Intellectualoid Liturgeists have decided that Catholics should be deprived of sacramentals like holy water.
The people who made this decision have no authority to do so. If it was the parish pastor who did it, HE does not have the authority to do so. The long-standing custom of the Church is that holy water is not available only from the end of the Holy Thursday Mass until the end of the Easter Vigil.
That ruling was issued recently from Congregation for Divine Worship (Divini Cultus)
Priests or liturgeists who defy the authority of the Vatican and the custom of the Church can expect that their "authority" in other matters will be questioned.
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