Daily Archives: July 29, 2010

The dog, the priestess and the decline of religious feeling

Canadian Anglican Communicant.

In the past weeks a lot has been written about the scarcely believable episode happened in an Anglican church in Canada, where the local would-be “priestess” thought it fit and proper to give the host to a dog.

Father Z wrote about it, and he was not at all amused. Mark Shea is, on the other hand,  more amused than scandalised as he thinks that

all that happened here was that a woman pretending to be a priest gave a dog a treat she pretended was the body of Christ

In my opinion, the truth is in the middle, in the sense that the episode is scandalising as well as showing all the ridicule of modern (liberal, I should add: thankfully even among them it is not all black) Anglicanism.

Let us leave aside the question whether the woman really believed the host to be the body of Christ, as liberal Anglicans nowadays seem to see in the host merely a symbolic reminder of the Last Supper, with no transubstantiation or consubstatiation attached to it. The real issue is, in my eyes, the total loss of the rationale why liberal Anglicans do such things as taking communion.

If the lady would-be “priestess” had had the slightest idea of the meaning of Communion (whether she believes in consubstantiation, or just in a communal meal) the idea of giving it to a dog would  have never, ever entered her mind. On the contrary: one can only show such extraordinary behaviour if the act of giving communion has long become an empty ritual whose meaning has not been the object of any reflection for a very long time.

The behaviour of those present was just as alarming: dozens of faithful must have witnessed the scene, only one has complained. The same considerations made for the would-be priestess can therefore safely be applied to her parishioners: they do take communion, but many of them have obviously entirely lost the perception of what they do and why.

On a Catholic, such episodes make the impression that such ecclesial communities are now so engulfed in their “inclusiveness” madness, that Christianity is slowly becoming an empty hull for a purely social agenda; an agenda in which Christ, His message and His sacraments (whether valid or not) only find a place out of a habit of the past and only as far as they can be adapted to the inclusiveness mantra.

This episode is not indicative of a disrespectful act of a minister. The lady did not want to be disrespectful, at all. But exactly this is her problem: that she has forgotten the meaning of what she does.

Mundabor

The Catholic Internet Revolution: a take.

Destroyer of Lies

The role of new media and evolving technology has been discussed for some years already. It is now clear that the Internet has revolutionised the world of information, transforming the oligopoly of a limited number of news outlets in a fragmented universe of countless sources of information.

This Michael Voris video examines the difference this made in our specific Catholic world. The following points seem to me particularly important:

1) Information control through a limited number of sources of conventional Catholic wisdom has been broken. The socialist, liberal wave of post – V II lies cannot be freely imparted to the faithful without opposition anymore. The Internet will provide that lies and heresies are exposed. If the shepherd is a bad shepherd, confused or relatively uneducated sheep will nowadays realise it faster and with more certainty than ever before.

2) The Catholic internet revolution (and reform) has been up to now mainly driven by the laity. Whilst some members of the clergy do make a wonderful effort, it is clear that the vast majority of serious Catholic blogs is run by laymen simply fed up with the misinformation, the half truths and the outright lies they have been served with for too long. The revolt against heterodoxy didn’t come from the clergy, but from the pews.

Voris doesn’t say it explicitly, but I think that a further point can be added: Catholic tradition is so strong, its message so powerful, beautiful and immutable that not even 40+ years of systematic neglect or outright attack from the inside could do anything to change it. The Truth will come out, no matter how big the efforts to reshape it to a politically correct lie. The Holy Ghost wants so. Through the Internet, the Truth can easily enter every household. The Internet is therefore a powerful evangelisation tool in a time of almost total failure of those meant to care for it.

You all are, dear readers, part of this. In the next years, the inevitable advance of the internet and of all the applications the Internet makes it possible to utilise will certainly increase the possibility for every serious Catholic to obtain good information and to expose the wolves in sheep’s clothing.

For this reason alone, there would be every reason to be optimistic regarding the quality of Catholic teaching available to the generations to come.

Mundabor

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