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non serviam

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 01, 2004

BISHOP SAYS HE WON'T SERVE COMMUNION TO N.J. GOVERNOR

Thus the AP headlines a story on Bishop Galante of Camden and New Jersey's pro-abort governor James McGreevey. To speak of "serving" Communion betrays ignorance of Catholic teaching, obviously, but the mistake is a telling one. It indicates that, for many educated people, in administering the Eucharist the Church is acting the role of a hostess passing out appetizers to her party guests. Refusing a nibble on a Triscuit to non-Catholics at a wedding Mass or to doctrinal defectors in an election year comes across as a kind of ill-mannered petulance, a snub.

The Communion-as-Canapé Fallacy is given a boost by many Catholics, such as the Australian Bishop David Walker, who believes the Church is called to "Eucharistic Hospitality" by sharing her snacks with other boys and girls. Kumbaya Ecumenism has contributed, not to a greater appreciation of different traditions, but to increased resentment when the Church exercises authority over her patrimony: "She served Jason and Melinda but not me!"

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  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - May. 04, 2004 8:29 PM ET USA

    jdarc: You speaking of the son of the Holy Spirit?

  • Posted by: Jdarc - May. 03, 2004 9:12 PM ET USA

    Rethink it? Hmmm, the image came to me when meditating upon the second Luminous Mystery of the rosary .. Wedding at Cana .. which the fruit of said mystery is: To Jesus through Mary. You want to take it up with the Holy Mother?

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 03, 2004 10:34 AM ET USA

    This is the consequence of the emphasis on the Eucharist as meal as opposed to the expression of common belief and common action on the part of the faithful. I blogged on this last week as the "Mass as McDonalds". I'm an usher and it is very rare to see one person remain in the pew as others go up. I think this behavior has led to the idea that everyone ought to go regardless of their disposition.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - May. 02, 2004 3:10 PM ET USA

    Jdarc: The Blessed Mother was concieved without sin. The priests hands are consecrated and have the power to change the bread and wine. I suggest you rethink your intellectual wisdom!

  • Posted by: Jdarc - May. 02, 2004 9:18 AM ET USA

    I'm 44, postVII baby. "Happy Clappy" I know it, from it welled up a deep sense of knowing Christ's unconditional love & forgiveness. But I didn't get stuck in that rut, it moved me to grow & delve deeper into the rich heritage of my Cathoic faith. Becoming a "volunteer chart clerk" was a defining moment. Explaining the Catholic teaching of Eucharist as true flesh & true blood is a crusade. Receiving in hand is a privilege, tying me to the Holy Mother who held her Son.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 01, 2004 11:00 PM ET USA

    The extraordinary Eucharistic ministers would disappear faster than a Wiccan at a Salem Witch Trial if large numbers of the faithful began kneeling to receive communion on the tongue. "Open up and say awe" is a job for a physician of the soul, not a volunteer chart clerk.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2004 8:20 PM ET USA

    Bishop Galante is a great and courageous man with his head screwed on right. I would never have thought to say this before, but I wish I lived in the Camden Diocese.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2004 5:39 PM ET USA

    The Kerry stratogy is to make Holy Mother Church the silent partner in his detrimental abortion platform. Why else does he loudly proclaim himself to be a devout and practicing Catholic? However, as a redeeming virtue he would not ask his 67 year old wife to have an abortion ---(this makes him eligible for a Nobel, or the Mother Teresa award as the nation's finest Catholic). Well, this church is not for profane abuse by aportunistic politicians.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - May. 01, 2004 5:28 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, you hit a bull's eye with this one. I once told my spiritual director that the extraordinary ministers acted like there were serving goodies at a wine and cheese party. It comes from too many Happy Face Masses celebrating the socializing community instead if worship and adoration before the reception of Communion.

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