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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Things that never come easy.

Dear Internet,

As I'm sure you have read recently, Abp. Niedereauer gave Holy Communion to a couple of members of a rather appalling group that calls itself "the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." To spare you the Googling, and not drive too much traffic their way, suffice it to say this group is composed (primarily? exclusively?) of actively homosexual men arrayed in the traditional habits of women religious, with kabuki-ish makeup added frisson.

Anyway, two of them -- in full regalia -- presented themselves for Communion and His Excellency gave it to them. Someone recorded/photographed the goings-on. That much is known.

As you may well imagine, "there rose a tumult amongst the people" like you wouldn't believe. I, myself, was feeling rather tumultish, truth be told. As the Catechism plainly states, the Eucharist is Jesus Christ, actually present in "Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity." Furthermore, St. Paul writes that to partake of the Eucharist in an unworthy shall be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

Something, incidentally, of which I'd really rather not be.

But Abp. Niederauer has apologized, pretty fully by my lights. It was very tempting to, prior to His Excellency's apology, to speculate on why he may have done so. Did he not notice the rather, er, eccentric garb of the homosexual activists? "How could he not have noticed?" asked many. Exegesis to rival the "JFK 'magic bullet' theory" sprang forth copiously from blogs and websites, and the temptation was strong, at least with me, to join the fray.

But His Excellency has apologized. And that, if we are to hold fast to the virtue of charity, should be that. The post-apology aftershocks -- while understandable -- are very lamentable. If we are to be true to the Gospel and all that it entails, we must be ready to exercise charity. Yes, it's difficult. Yes, it's infuriating that we had to (sort of) witness this appalling spectacle. Yes, it's galling that we had to endure Christ (Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) being treated so sacrilegiously. Our wounded feelings are all understandable...maybe even commendable. But they must stand down against the call to be charitable.




  • At 5:56 AM, October 31, 2007 , Blogger ~m2~ said...

    St. Paul writes that to partake of the Eucharist in an unworthy shall be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord.

    true, this. it is the person who partakes of the Eucharist in an unworthy manner, not the one who distributes, right?

    i have always had an issue with this, to a certain extent, as i am an Extraordinary minister of said Eucharist. how on earth to do judge whether someone is worthy or not to receive? that type of spot-judgment (in my cases, mostly - i've never had anyone come to me dressed in drag as a religious sister) is something i am not akin to doing, especially since i am pretty much charitable to all.

    i am wondering if that means i should step down from my position?

    (by the way....where have you been?)

  • At 5:57 AM, October 31, 2007 , Blogger ~m2~ said...

    forgive my typos, please :)

  • At 9:02 AM, November 01, 2007 , Blogger Joe said...

    1- I've been up to HERE with work. Which, as Scripture rightly notes, God gave man a punishment.

    2- Those who are (ordinary or extraordinary) Ministers are to reasonably safeguard the Blessed Sacrament. That is to say, you oughtn't get all bent out of shape trying to discern the worthiness of a communicant to the Nth degree.

    However, if someone who approaches Communion is clearly, obviously, unambiguously contradistinction with the term good standing, then I'd err on the side of declining Communion.

    Clear as mud, I know...



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