No I didn't say that all fasting is wrong, I just think that your Churches concept of fasting is wrong for today's world (Apparently so do the vast majority of your faithful who do not practice it at all).
Sorry, a majority of people breaking the rules isn't grounds to do away with them. We don't make rules for the sake of making rules, but it seems you think this way. The rules are intended for fostering a specific result—a result that may well not occur any other way.
And if you have struggled with scrupulosity, fine. But you are universalizing your particular circumstance. I can show you a hundred saints who were made holy in part through extreme fasting, which the Church does not ask us to do. Not eating meat and dairy twice a week is not extreme.
One modern example is St John of San Francisco, who only ate one small meal every day. And he lived in the modern world, so that demolishes your theory.
Well my Church must have thought it was grounds for that. They did away with the strict, Orthodox style of fasting centuries ago and I highly doubt that they will ever re institute it. As I also mentioned even the EC's have reduced their fasting requirements, and they are the same thing as you EO's except they follow the Pope. If you wish to keep your own fast, fine, but don't judge we RC's for keeping ours as our Church proscribes. If they wanted us to do more then they would tell us to do so.
Also, I have no idea about St John other then he was a noted ascetic and I am definitely not an ascetic nor do I have any desire to be one. We all walk with God in our own way and do what we can based on who we are, what we are, and where we are. That's fine with me.
You really think the RCC is better for this? I'm not badgering, just wondering. Where do you think "Carnivale" came from in the West? Two Latin words "carnis
", meat, and "valere
", to bid well. Literally, saying goodbye to meat. Similarly, they said goodbye to dairy and eggs, too. Why do you think pancakes on Carnivale came to be?
This is a tradition that the West shared with us, that came from the Apostles themselves. How can we fiddle with that, depriving people and opportunity to really grow?
While I find the fasts challenging, without any challenge or struggle we can't grow. The Fasts were instituted to help us focus not on wanting a hamburger or "x" food, but on wanting God.
It's hard, no doubt about that, especially in our culture, but with God's grace and some effort on our part, we can do it. The Church sets the bar high because she knows that most of us will never be able to attain to it, but if we are faithful in sincerely trying, then there is much reward and grace in that in so many ways.
I would love to see the RCC return to the Orthodox abstinence.