Whitby upset by Easter plans
Proposals by major Churches across the world to agree on a permanent date for Easter have upset a Yorkshire town, with one councillor claiming it would be ‘disrespectful’.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced that he has been in discussions with representatives of the Catholic Church and other major Christian denominations to agree on a fixed-date for the Church’s most important feast of the year.
Easter is currently observed on different dates in western Churches, the Eastern Orthodox and Coptic Churches and while the decision to determine a permanent date may please most, it has angered people in Whitby, who have viewed it as a slight on their town’s history.
The Yorkshire town held a Northumbrian Synod in 664 AD, known as the Synod of Whitby, at which King Oswiu of Northumbria ruled how his kingdom would calculate Easter.
Local councillor Joe Plant has claimed the change would be “disrespectful” to the town. “The procedure has been in place for centuries – why change it? It would be disrespectful to Whitby,” he told the newspaper.
“The Abbey and the Synod of 664 are synonymous with Whitby.”Tags: Easter, Easter date, Easter plans, Whitby