Jul 7, 2005

To Roger, with love

VATICAN CITY, July 7 (Reuters) - The Vatican on Thursday said too many Roman Catholics were not taking their religion seriously and that those faithful who receive communion and still support abortion rights were behaving scandalously.

In an 88-page working document for a synod of bishops to be held in October, the Vatican also decried dwindling attendance at Sunday Mass and reaffirmed a rule that Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church cannot take communion.

The document on the theme of the Eucharist said many Catholics had lost the sense of the sacred surrounding communion, which the Church teaches becomes the body and blood of Christ during the Mass.

One part of the document returned to an issue that remains particularly hot in the United States -- whether Catholics who support abortion rights can receive communion.

"Some receive communion while denying the teachings of the Church or publicly supporting immoral choices in life, such as abortion, without thinking that they are committing an act of grave personal dishonesty and causing scandal," it said.

"Some Catholics do not understand why it might be a sin to support a political candidate who is openly in favour of abortion or other serious acts against life, justice and peace," it said.

For full report, go HERE.


Blogger Patrick said...

"The document on the theme of the Eucharist said many Catholics had lost the sense of the sacred surrounding communion"

Yeah, thats what happens after you hide Jesus in a broom closet instead of the rightful place behind the alter, allow every Tom, Dick, and Mary to give out the eucharist, and allow communion in the hand so people can deposit Christ in the hymnals and their pockets.

12:20 PM  
Blogger CDE said...

Viva Papa Ratzi!

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Patrick: I agree fully. When we return to traditional Eucharistic piety, people will respect the Real Presence again.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Interestin timing, no?

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'll believe this when Benedict orders the tabernacles back behind the altar....

10:31 PM  
Blogger skeetor said...

I thought the tabernacles were behind the alter?

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Skeetor, churches are being redesigned with the tabernacles being placed off to the side instead of behind the altar (I think this is what Patrick means when he talks about "Jesus in a broom closet"). For a church that believes in Christ's sacramental presence above everything else, this makes absolutely no sense.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

Folks, the Tabernacles aren't "behind" the altars. They are centered on the altars!

Now if we can just get our priests to start facing God in the Tabernacle like we have always done (until Vatican II that is). Enough of our priests turning their backs to God. Sheesh, how much MORE like luther's so-called "evangelical mass" must Catholicism degrade Herself?

Dominus Vobiscum, Y'all.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Of course Roger's not going to follow this

1:06 AM  

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