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the zen of communing

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 16, 2004

Bishop Sklba begs to announce that he doesn't have this communion thing figured out and invites us to share his puzzlement.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 17, 2004 12:10 PM ET USA

    Would it have hurt to refer to the "Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ" in a article on the Eucharist? "Consecrated Host" "Sacred Bread" -- how vague and unmysterious.

  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2004 2:40 PM ET USA

    One thing on which I might agree with Bishop Sklba is his sympathy toward Iraqi families confronted with the banality of American culture as portrayed on U.S. TV. But can he explain how they manage to receive U.S. TV? I can receive it. Does he sympathize with me? Finally, does he sympathize with all of us confronted with the banalty of his columns on the Internet?

  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2004 11:52 AM ET USA

    Reading this reflection, I wondered how someone as intentionally fuzzy and ignorant could become a Catholic bishop. Then, of course, I wondered how he could possibly have escaped becoming a Catholic bishop...

  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2004 11:17 AM ET USA

    So, I gots to know....did you put the Host in the same sweaty palm as the chewed gum-wad?

  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2004 6:26 AM ET USA

    You can tell that the bishop's longtime involvement in the ecumenical movement has paid off - in reverse. He sounds more and more Episcopalian! That piece might have been written by Frank Griswold. His very 'Anglican' Roman collar in the picture and his 'Sacred Bread' reference conjure up images of the Vicar of St. Mary Mead in an Agatha Christie novel. Low Church, of course...

  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2004 4:55 AM ET USA

    Effeminate blockhead ... in a culture that is as crass as our own you want to increase people's "required" expressions of devotion and honor before the Blessed Sacrament. Thus some niggardly bow is actually insulting to God rather than a gesture of respect. You bow to a person you open the door for ... not to the Person Who knocks upon the door of your heart. Kneeling is a more difficult and more humble and theologically more profound means of showing respect and adoration to Almighty God.

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