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PhilipBitar.com - Critics - Pope Gregoy 13

Pope Gregory 13
Author of the Gregorian Calendar, 1582

Why doesn't a guy like Bitar keep his nose out things that just aren't his business? In 1582, I fixed the Julian calendar with the brilliant idea of making the century years (multiples of 100) non-leap years except for those that are a multiple of 400. This stopped the calendar from migrating forward through the cycle of seasons so fast. Ok, so you still have to drop another day every 3200 years. But nobody cares about that except a perfectionistic theorist like Bitar an ilk that we can readily do without. Most importantly, nobody and I mean nobody wants a bland name like the Exact Calendar to replace a beautiful name like the Gregorian Calendar.

To add insult to injury, Bitar gives his calendar 10-day weeks with 3-day weekends: the first weekend day for end-of-week worship, the third day for beginning-of-week worship, and the middle day for shared activity. Then he reorganizes the American holidays to accommodate the diverse facets of a diverse society using 3-day weekends, allowing everyone to participate in national celebrations no matter which day they meet for worship. It all sounds so nice, but Bitar is nothing more than an ivory-tower daydreamer. There's no way that we'll ever have 10-day weeks and 3-day weekends, no matter how beneficial that would be. Why? For the simple reason that God created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh.