My friend Latif was a bit miffed over the LSB joining with the RCC to commemorate Pope St. Gregory the Great on the day he was made pope rather than the day he died (falls in Lent). Latif is very consistent in insisting that the church's usual practice is to observe a saint upon the day of his or her "heavenly birthday" - the day of their death. LSB has a number of areas where they play fast and loose with that rule, or ignore it altogether.
What interests me is the emotion of the arguments. It has a long precedence. One thinks of the early fights over the dating of Easter - and they were ready to excommunicate each other over it! One thinks of the huge fights between the old Calendarists and the new Calendarists in Orthodoxy. Christians historically cared a great deal about their calendars. Why? I suspect because our faith is fundamentally an embodied faith, lived out in time. After all, its central events happened at a particular place and time: in Palestine under the Governor Pontius Pilate. And so we've attended to the historicity of the Word's triumph ever since.
What is completely odd is the detached way that modern Christians view the calendar. Vatican II was much of the spirit of the age in shifting people around right and left; as though it were about celebrating the IDEA of that person, rather than the concrete saint who entered eternal rest on a given day. Dr. Maher has detailed some of the more egregious movements - and what is interesting to me, he and Latif witness the old fighting spirit of the earlier Christians about the calendar. It's something that MATTERS and not the celebration of disembodied persons or ideas.
I am committed to living under the LSB's calendar - part of the catholic heritage is also this renouncing of one's own preferences for the sake of the community of which we are a part in Synod, even when you think they may be wrong in choosing a less than optimal practice. But I must confess that I'm glad we have voices who still care deeply about the calendar. Their grumps are a good thing. They might even result in some things getting put back next time round. I hope so.