A severe let down, shades of the council
For those of you who read this article in the link above, would consider that to Catholics, orthodox as described in the Tridentine Mass, would become confused. Confused at the permission given by someone we all respected to receive the Most Holy Sacrament of the Mass, that to recieve the Body and Blood of Christ is no great deal and the state of our soul has no importance whatsoever. Who, I ponder, is pleased with confusion in the ChurchDoes Paul admonition become meaningless? After all Paul had the knowledge of Judas' suicide after what the Apostles could see as disrespect to Christ and His Sacrifice. For me I read this article hoping it was the usual biased parody and paraphrase we read so often in the secular press. The spin used to deflect our thinking leading us into seeing permission is given to act what is an nonspiritual act for believing and discerning catholics.We must be qualified to received the Sacraments. If I am wrong then why does the Church follow a catechetical preparation. She used to insist on proper and formal teaching of the Church's doctrines. Look at it this way to receive a Baptism into the Church we must have faith in her teachings, be taught the precepts and dogmas. Then at a ritual, usually undergone at Easter, we renounce satan and all his works and pomps. It used to be an exorcism followed and we also if we were old enough abjured all previous schisms and heresies considered as satan's works. We believed in a practiced training for the entrance into the Community of God as taught by the Papal Catholic Church. The next step in our spiritual life was the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. We could go no further or deeper into community life until we had learnt of sin and God's mercy and had it applied to our spiritual ego. See my blog of 7/10/06 to refresh your memory.
We have to worthy to receive all the sacraments and always have been, since the dawn of the Church. The Catholic must follow the stages of preparation for heaven in the way of the sacraments; each sacrament although we not consider it in this manner are all logical conclusions to to repentance and atonement in some way. We should therefore be very careful on our approach and preparations These preparations can only come and be sucessful, be true, if you look intelligently at them, when administered by a catholic sacrificial minister the Priest of the cult.
I trust that in the case of our Holy Communion, it is as the old saying is true. "Holy Things for the Holy" and Christ withdraws from the unholy at the time of their attempted reception. I hope for their sakes it is the Bread of Mourning for them Which Christ then sees as the bread offered to the dead. Those whose souls are not in grace and never believe it is what we know we receive under the veil of bread and wine, The true Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.The Archbishop's comments to me stink of the voting at the council. History tells us that most of the voting on the decrees were very close, quite evenly split. A deciding vote was always taken as a matter of form and all who voted against voted for what was obviously against their conscience and made it unanimous. Truth was surrendered for unity. This is why I question the Archbishop's answers.Let me give you fair warning of what is to follow and is already in the works. Social issues will trump truth. All Catholics, says the Boston Archdiocese have the right to receive medical health benefits, which includes the right to abortion and birth control. The Catholic Bishops are allowing catholic donations to the missions to be used in Mexico and Haiti to fund the practice and promotion of birth control. Horror upon horror, the Bishops representative hotly denies with horror that anyone could say such a thing and must apologize.http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09033107.html
|Somewhere in this link you will find the denial by Mr Hogan of Development and Peace |http://www.devp.org/devpme/eng/pressroom/2009/comm2009-03-26-eng.html
The efforts of the Hierarchs to promote their unity are slowly but surely dividing the Church taking us from the Mystical Body of Christ into a church of apostolic egos. My pity and sympathy I truly extend to those orthodox bihops and priests who are truly suffering under this cross.