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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Sep 24, 2003

St. Athanasius refused to share the Eucharist with those who rejected the true teaching of the Catholic Church.

• If he were alive today, and fully informed about what is being taught and preached, how many American parishes would St. Athanasius put off limits?

• Was St. Athanasius wrong? Or has something fundamental changed about the content of our faith? Or the nature of the Eucharist?

• Would St. Athanasius be comfortable at a USCCB meeting? If not, would it be his fault?

• When we sing about the "Faith of our Fathers," what do we mean?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2003 9:43 PM ET USA

    To Zosima, God did raise up a clear voice against the modern apostasy. His name was Archbishop Marcel Lefevre, and he was excommunicated.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 28, 2003 8:19 PM ET USA

    Brother, I feel my past comment was more lack of caffeine than a truly constructive statement. Since then I have tried to see where you coming from, and I think you are just as frustrated and probably fed up with a lot of what is happening to our Church. Pace and Good (By the way Zosima is masculine!)

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 27, 2003 11:56 AM ET USA

    Ah, "Z," you tempt me to become like "Paul" in the "Letter to the Galatians." Unfortunately, my resume does not quite measure up. Please bear with me, sister. I fellowship frequently with those troublemakers the protestants and am somewhat sympathetic to their "issues"with the Catholic way. One of them is canonized Saints. Although their (the Canonized Saints) intercessory power is undebatable the protestants (and I) feel that Catholics often "use" them to avoid serious personal resposibility.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 26, 2003 7:42 PM ET USA

    I have my face in the mirror, serving the Church in many capacities, what are you doing besides griping in this website?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 26, 2003 4:31 PM ET USA

    JP, I agree -- it's up to those of us who still believe to carry this battle. Fr. Hardon said that in our time, only heroic Catholics are going to survive spiritually (he said it more eloquently, of course). He meant every word and he was right.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 26, 2003 12:09 AM ET USA

    I remeber the comedy army scenes where the captian asks for a "volunteer" and everyone except for the stupid one takes a step backward. We should stop looking to God to "send" us a hero...rather...go into the bathroom...and look into the mirror. Put your heart on the table and then talk to God. JP

  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2003 5:06 PM ET USA

    Our Church Fathers were persecuted, exiled, tortured by the dominant Arian heretics backed by several Roman Emperors because they refuse to dilute and compromise the true faith. Athanasius would condemn the heresy and errors of the bishops, priests and laity of today. We should ask God to rise a modern day Athanasius that would speak against the current apostasy in clear, fearless and strong terms.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 24, 2003 3:44 PM ET USA

    The Faith of our Fathers has morphed into "Drone of the Deadbeat Dads" St Athanasius pray for us.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2003 2:31 PM ET USA

    Er, Diogenes when was the last time you heard "Faith of our Fathers" sung - all verses? I wish we would sing it - all of it - and mean it!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 24, 2003 1:27 PM ET USA

    I think Athanasius would remind the bishops tht Hell is real, and then walk out of the meeting.

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