How silky and appealing to itching ears!
I believe that using Communion as such a manipulative tool surely profanes the sacrament. Perhaps these Catholic leaders should revisit their church’s theology of the Eucharist. Reception of the body and blood of Christ at Communion is God’s gift to God’s people, not a reward for right behavior. We receive Communion not because we are worthy of it, but because God’s offers us the body and blood of Christ despite our unworthiness.
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It seems that the church hierarchy is sending the following message: two gay men or lesbians (not to mention their supporters) who want to vow a lifetime of commitment, monogamy and love should be denied Communion, but those who exploit vulnerable children (and those who facilitate their abuse) for their own sexual gratification are still welcome. Those who make the excruciating and gut-wrenching decision to have an abortion (not to mention those who understand why this might be a moral choice) are barred from receiving Communion, but those prelates who live a lavish lifestyle far from the real-life, harsh circumstances some women face that might make such an abortion morally permissible are accepted at the Communion rail.
American Catholics have a long and honorable history of discerning their own consciences in matters of human life and dignity. For instance, 98 percent of Catholic women have gone against church law and used birth control. Indeed, individual conscience is a core value in Catholic teaching. It seems that Catholic laity are refusing to be treated like morally ignorant children who cannot think for themselves. At a very minimum, Catholic laity (and many of their local clergy) know that these issues should be discussed in an open and faithful way. They also know that people of faith will disagree on some of the ramifications of trying to live out the Gospel.
Obviously, it would seem the Episcopalian has no concept of sin or repentance. How on earth can one “live out the Gospel” without discovering the awful truth about oneself—that I am destined for hell, that I am a sinner and without what Jesus Christ has done on the Cross, I’m toast? Ah, but don’t his words have a silky way about them? I can imagine all manner of people I know agreeing with them totally and finding the Church’s stand offensive and judgmental, you know. Frankly, anyone who has not experienced a deep conviction for sin (and it’s more than this individual sin or that individual sin, it’s a sin nature that dooms me if I live it out) has not had a true encounter with the Holy Spirit and does not know his or her need for the Savior.
I saw in WaPo that the homosexual Episcopalian ex-bishop of New Hampshire is telling Catholics what their doctrine and discipline should be.
This serves as a follow-up to my post about Protestants who deign to determine for Catholics what ordination really is and what Mass really is. That is to say, when Protestant churches host a women-priest circus, they are either blatantly protesting the Catholic Church concerning her most sacred rites, or they are dictating to the Church what Catholics ought to believe.
So much for ecumenism!
Similarly, the openly homosexual Robinson takes it upon himself to tell Catholics what to do. We should conform ourselves to his private homosexual life-styles choice. And if we don’t, we are bad and backward and will lose all our membership in the Church, because, after all, no one believes what white male Catholic prelates say.
If you do read his piece, take note that Robinson thinks that the clerical abuse scandal we Catholics endured – and have pretty much cleaned up – has provided him and everyone else under the sun withcarte blanche when it comes to telling Catholics what they ought to believe. Never mind the fact that Protestants have their own black swamp of child abuse problems