El hecho de que enmarquen esta iniciativa dentro de la llamada "Nueva Evangelización" creo que ya dice una barbaridad de cosas.
Sobre los motivos que han llevado a la Conferencia Episcopal Anglo-galesa a tomar esta decisión se pueden identificar varios, entre los que sobresalen (de los textos publicados por la Conferencia Episcopal y sin orden específico):
1. Regreso a las devociones tradicionales católicas:
"Traditional Catholic devotions such as making the sign of the cross with care and reverence, praying the Angelus, saying a prayer before and after our meals, to name only a few, are straightforward actions which both dedicate certain moments in our daily lives to Almighty God and demonstrate our love and trust in His goodness and providence. If these devotions have been lost or even forgotten, particularly in our homes and schools, we have much to gain from learning and living them again."
2. Establecer actos comunitarios de testimonio y solidaridad con aquellos que sufren necesidad.
"Following the re-establishment of Friday abstinence as a common act of witness and of solidarity with those who are in need or suffer and as an expression of our vocation to follow Christ who sacrificed his life for the good of all humanity, the Bishops called on all Catholics to witness publicly to their faith with renewed confidence and to assist in all of their activities to work together for the good of the community at large."
3. Recordar la importancia del viernes como día de la muerte de Nuestro Señor.
"The Bishops also wish to remind us that every Friday is set aside as a special day of penitence, as it is the day of the suffering and death of the Lord. They believe it is important that all the faithful again be united in a common, identifiable act of Friday penance because they recognise that the virtue of penitence is best acquired as part of a common resolve and common witness."
4. Refuerzo de la identidad católica y de la necesidad de ofrecer testimonio de la misma
"Moreover, there are signs that in recent years, the practice of voluntary Friday abstinence has become more prevalent, especially among young Catholics who are seeking a greater sense of their Catholic identity and are looking for ways of bringing their faith into their daily lives. It is also clear that many of us forget our obligation to do penance on a Friday. Abstaining from meat is easy to remember, a simple way to give witness at work, at school and even in the family and, although it is still an act of penitence, cannot be considered to put any real or substantial additional burden on the lives of the faithful."
En fin, la decisión de los obispos ingleses y galeses da mucho, pero mucho que pensar. Para los curiosos, los textos citados los he sacado principalmente de los comunicados emitidos por la Conferencia Episcopal y que se pueden encontrar aquí, y aquí.