Friday, November 7, 2014
The End Game is the Eucharist: Keep Your Eye on the Ball
If the Church says divorced and remarried Catholics can take communion, what does that really mean?
It does not contradict Jesus' saying that one who has been divorced (except for sexual sin) and remarries commits adultery. Such people are still in adulterous relationships, and always will be, as sad as that is for them, unless they commit to live like brother and sister.
What it says is that adulterers, in our imperfect world, are welcome to receive the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord, even where they have no intention of amending their lives.
Isn't this at least as much of an attack on the Holy Eucharist, the Real Presence, than on marriage?
As for homosexuality, the sin itself is being attenuated and even inverted as some sort of gift before which all must stand in awe. Ultimately, however, this, too, is the same attack on the Eucharist.
The move, then, is really to bring unrepentant sinners to the altar.
How else could the experiments of the last fifty years be expected to end? That the Mass is a sacrifice is the world's greatest secret. No, since Vatican II it has been a meal. Perhaps Bears are just more sensitive to ritual, but the difference between the Old Mass and the New Mass are striking, and it isn't just Latin, or which way the priest is facing.
But wait. Even now, hardly anyone goes to confession, yet virtually everybody shambles up to grab a host. Would it be wrong to say that we're already bringing unrepentant sinners to the altar? Is anything really changing, other than, perhaps, we're being a bit more blatant about it?
Maybe it won't come to this. Maybe the next conclave will figure it's time for a popely pope, perhaps an Italian. In the meantime, every week, we'll hear Pope Francis campaign for the next synod, talking about wicked Pharisees with all their rules, and how we should accept people in love. (Hint: Pharisees = you and me.)
Is opening the communion line to unrepentant, public sinners a prelude to opening it to (presumably) virtuous non-Catholics? The Bear knows priests would would just love to see that.
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