New York City has Father George Rutler.
Chicago has Father Robert Barron.
The Twin Cities have Father Robert Altier.
And poor L.A. has Father Keven Kester. He is in a category all by himself.
I have posted Father Kester's homilies here before.
-- The "I have a (pipe) dream" sermon. Click.
-- The "I don't believe everything the Catholic Church teaches" homily. Click.
-- The "I would not have voted for Ratzinger" homily. Click.
-- The "Rodney King" homily ("People, can't we just get along?"). Click.
This most recent homily, preached on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, is bizarre to say the least. Father Kester begins with an appalling anecdote about a young priest who is throwing consecrated hosts down the garbage disposal. Upon witnessing this sacrilege, the "old and crotchety" pastor, with a reputation for being mean to his people, screams at the young curate: "Stop that! What do you think you're doing? You can't grind up the Body of Christ!" The assistant brazenly retorts, "I will stop grinding up the Sacramental Body of Christ when you stop grinding up the Mystical Body of Christ."
And what is the point of this scandalous story? The answer comes in the form of the predictable interrogative: "How do we treat one another? Do we treat each and every person we meet with the same respect we give to Jesus present in the Eucharist?"
For Kester, true modernist that he is, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is not about affirming the Church's faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. No, it's about treating others with respect.
What poor Father Kester doesn't seem to understand is that the power to love others as God loves them comes precisely from the Eucharist wherein Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, is really, truly and substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine (cf. Mane Nobiscum Domine, 24-28). It's not an "either, or" proposition: love the Eucharist, despise people. Although, many preachers who talk about loving one's neighbor see no contradiction in despising our Eucharistic Lord by treating him shabbily in their handling of the sacred species, in failing to genuflect at the times prescribed by the Church, in their use of tacky and unapproved "sacred" vessels, and in relegating the Blessed Sacrament to the equivalent of a closet.
So what do Jeffrey Dahmer, a garbage disposal and the Eucharist have in common? Click HERE, if you dare, and listen to "the rest of the story."