Corpus Christi, Badly Explained

This happened in a big Cathedral, on the feast of Corpus Domini (or rather the Sunday afterwards).

The homily began with a mention of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Protestant theologian who observed that disobedience and rebellion cannot be indifferent to God, and if you stage a Holocaust you'll have to pay for it. That Bonhoeffer's Protestantism was a blatant example of that very disobedience and rebellion was left unsaid. Not one word of criticism of heresy in general, either. No: with all the fine saints and thinkers the Church gave us, the man – possibly a bishop – had to pick a Protestant; to tell us something, by the way, that wins the 2015 Captain Obvious Award anyway.

It followed a rather brutal description of how we all are sinners, disobedient and rebellious; and yours truly thought “aha, now it gets interesting, and orthodox”. Alas, it wasn't to be. The word “redemption” was sparsely used, but “making things right” was used many times. Christ's sacrifice on the cross “makes things right”, because God agrees with Bonhoeffer and must therefore demand atonement for evil deeds. Result? Men sin – Christ atones – things are even.

The message basically ended here: Christ's sacrifice “makes things right”. It goes for the Holocaust, our own sinfulness, everything. God has played the “universal atonement” Divine Card. Rejoice.

No distinction between redemption and salvation. No warning of hell for the unrepentant sinner. A message remained unsaid, but floating in the air: Christ's sacrifice on the Cross takes care of everything, because the Cross “makes things right”.

Please do not say that the priest simply implied, and knew that he would be rightly understood. This was a priest – or a bishop – and he has the darned duty to say, not imply. As to his public, the audience – Cathedral packed – must have been the usual mix of badly instructed Catholics and Catholics not instructed at all, with the rare soundly instructed Catholic thrown in for “diversity”. These aren't times in which a priest can imply orthodoxy. Particularly so, when he has just built his homily on a Proddie theologian. Bonhoeffer was executed in April 1945. Methinks, our chap thought this would give him special rights…

So, what do we have? A huge audience going away after the Mass with the vague feeling that Protestant theologians are fully OK, and we mustn't be worried about our ultimate destiny because Christ “made all right”.

Then we wonder why supposed Catholics vote for abortion and sexual perversion, do not raise their children in the faith and look with indifference as the Country slips into outright Heatenism.



Posted on June 7, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. De his libera me Domine

  2. These are the days when it’s truly difficult to get out of bed. But I do because I have my work to do, which God has given me, which I must do to the best of my abilities. It’s a cross to bear any more just to listen and read the words from some of our Catholic religious. Instead of being a salve for our spiritual wounds, their words are acidic and torturous.

    God bless you, Mr. Mundy, for your CONSISTENT writing of truth.

    • Thanks.
      You will have realised by now that, had I been a priest, I would have been silenced or disciplined or sent to somewhere between Syria and Iraq.

  3. I’ve heard the exact same sermon with the exact same example. You can feel the sermon about to get really good atlas that’s where it stops. It’s a phenomenon that’s typical of novus ordo priest who one feels at least they understand the faith only for you to leave feeling disappointed at another missed opportunity

    • Ah! they must have booklet going around, “ideas for 101 homilies” or the like…
      Too many priest stop at the point where it gets uncomfortable to be a priest. Still, I must say in my neck of the wood I hear (in normal NO parishes) about the devil, evil, punishment etc often enough. I only miss many stop a metre too early, whilst a few others go all the way.

  4. I guess I’m unlucky but every homily in every NO church I’ve attended repeats the mantra that Christ died to save us and we are duly saved, with no effort on our part, as long as we lurve one another. No surprise that the queues for Confession have disappeared.

    • I begin to suspect I live in a more conservative part of the Country, because you are not the only one telling me this. It also depends where one attends. I have tried the Franciscans and the Jesuits here in London, and they made the work of the devil.

  5. Please pardon the length of this comment. Your priest or bishop, if he was citing Bonhoeffer truthfully, should really have focussed on this profound passage:

    “Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap?…

    Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

    Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

    Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

    Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

    • Ah, very beautiful words.

      The priest said – I remember it very well – that such a grace would be “cheap”, so he must have read this passage. But then he did not have the guts to say the unpleasant part.


  6. Two points…
    1) The hesitation to listen to any protestant reflections, because if they were ” blind” enough to miss the Eucharist, how can anything they say be trusted?
    2) And yet at times they articulate so well the Truth flowing out of deep reflection, as evidenced above

    • A Protestant can be, in his own way, a very good man, and a product of – on various ways – invincible ignorance. I am told J.S. Bach was quite the saintly man.

      But this is not the question. The question is that the quotation of a Protestant theologian without the necessary distinctions is bad, because it can only be misleading; the more so, the more brilliant the Proddie thinker in question is.


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