So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Saudi Arabia goes Gregorian

From The Economist
Saudi Arabia adopts the Gregorian calendar
Hauling Saudi Arabia into the 21st century
Dec 15th 2016
The kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) presented its shift from the Islamic to the Gregorian calendar as a leap into modernity. In April the dynamic deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, chose to call his transformation plan Vision 2030, not Vision 1451 after the corresponding Islamic year as traditionalists might have preferred. Recently his cabinet declared that the administration is adopting a solar calendar in place of the old lunar one. Henceforth they will run the state according to a reckoning based on Jesus Christ’s birth, not on the Prophet Muhammad’s religious mission.
Guardians of the Wahhabi rite, who seek to be guided by Muhammad’s every act, ask whether they are now being required to follow Jesus. (There's a thought. The Gospels are available at Use the RSVCE Bible for starters: the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.)
Pope Gregory XIII approved a much needed reform to the Julian Calendar. He issued Inter Gravissimas, which articulated the changes, on February 24, 1581. With regards to possible economic fallout, Pope Gregory included the following counsel which the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, might consider in light of the fact that grumbling government employees will have to work an additional 11 days each year.

Ne vero ex hac nostra decem dierum subtractione, alicui, quod ad annuas vel menstruas præstationes pertinet, præiudicium fiat, partes iudicum erunt in controversis, quæ super hoc exortæ fuerint, dictæ subtractionis rationem habere, addendo alios X dies in fine cuiuslibet præstationis.
But so that this ten days removal does not cause any injury with whomever must carry out monthly or annual payments, it will fall to the judges, in any litigation which could result from it, to take account of the aforementioned removal by deferring ten days the expiration of any payment.
Saudi government workers will be paid according to the Gregorian calendar instead of the Islamic Hijri calendar, making the working month longer as part of cost-cutting measures.
The change, approved by cabinet last week to coincide with Islamic New Year, brings civil service pay in line with the government's January-December fiscal year.
"Saudi ministries and government agencies began working with the Gregorian calendar on Saturday," The New Arab's Saudi Arabia correspondent, Khaled al-Shayea, reported.—Oct. 3, 2016
An important date that might interest Saudis:
Easter 2017 - April 16th
Now if the Saudis can adapt, might it be possible that the Eastern non-Catholic churches will adopt the Gregorian calendar? Just askin'.

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