TUESDAY
March 5, 2002
volume 13, no. 42

The Eucharistic Heresy of Modern Catholics

What would cause countless Catholics to deny belief in transubstantiation?

By Peter Miller
      "Luther's vision of a Lord's Supper, so reprehensible to saints and martyrs for 400 years, is being embraced in Catholic churches everywhere. The sanctuary, once only accessible to priests and altar boys, now serves as a stage for a parade of male and female 'ministers' or band members. Faithful Catholics who grew up approaching the house of God with awe and reverence now show up in jeans and t-shirts to hold hands, sing along to gospel tunes and socialize with friends. While at one time the Body of Christ was considered so sacred that only a priest's hands could touch Him, now is casually distributed by ordinary men and women and received in the hands of parishioners. Consecrated hosts are crudely grabbed by the handful and distributed into dishes like potato chips. The Blood of Christ is poured from juice pitchers into wine glasses. Churches are being renovated by the hundreds to change altars into tables and remove tabernacles from central positions of prominence. Luther's vision of a Lord's Supper, so reprehensible to saints and martyrs for 400 years, is being embraced in Catholic churches everywhere."

    Last summer, Seattle Archbishop Alexander Brunett and Auxiliary Bishop George Thomas attended a National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with over 200 other American bishops, they discussed a number of topics of "concern" to the Church and issued several statements.

    The most important of these statements concerns belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In the Archbishop's recap of the document, he states that:

    "...surveys have indicated that many Catholics do not believe Christ is truly present in the bread and wine consecrated at Mass. Our statement ... affirms that in the Eucharist the whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine ... This is a central mystery of our faith." (The Progress, 21 June 2001)
    Well put, but if this statement is "so very important", why not examine the causes of this lack of belief? What would lead Catholics across the country (and world) to deny one of the most basic dogmas of the Catholic Faith?

    Although the American Bishops would be quick to deny it, the new Mass is one of the primary factors contributing to this heresy. It has long been known by Church fathers and dissidents alike, that the manner in which one worships has a significant effect on his beliefs. When Martin Luther rejected the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity (and other Truths), he fashioned a sacrilegious liturgy that reflected his errors. He replaced the priest with a lay minister, offered communion under both kinds, distributed bread in the hand and reduced the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to a common meal ("The Lord's Supper"). In response to this abomination, Pope St. Pius V condemned these practices and the beliefs on which they were based. Every Catholic knew the difference between the Mass and the disgraceful imitation frequented by Protestants.

    Four hundred years later, at the Second Vatican Council, Church fathers set out to embrace the modern world and break down differences among "Christians" through (among other things) a reformed liturgy. From the start, this new rite of the Catholic Mass was intended to be more acceptable to Protestants. In fact, six Protestant ministers were invited to advise on this renewal (since when does the Mystical Body of Christ turn to heretics for assistance?). Is it any wonder the erroneous beliefs embodied in the Protestant liturgies would find their way into a Protestantized version of the Catholic Mass?

    Luther's vision of a Lord's Supper, so reprehensible to saints and martyrs for 400 years, is being embraced in Catholic churches everywhere. The sanctuary, once only accessible to priests and altar boys, now serves as a stage for a parade of male and female "ministers" or band members. Faithful Catholics who grew up approaching the house of God with awe and reverence now show up in jeans and t-shirts to hold hands, sing along to gospel tunes and socialize with friends. While at one time the Body of Christ was considered so sacred that only a priest's hands could touch Him, now is casually distributed by ordinary men and women and received in the hands of parishioners. Consecrated hosts are crudely grabbed by the handful and distributed into dishes like potato chips. The Blood of Christ is poured from juice pitchers into wine glasses. Churches are being renovated by the hundreds to change altars into tables and remove tabernacles from central positions of prominence. Luther's vision of a Lord's Supper, so reprehensible to saints and martyrs for 400 years, is being embraced in Catholic churches everywhere.

    And these bishops wonder why many do not believe in the Real Presence? Is it all a mystery when few priests act as if Christ the Lord is truly present in their midst? In fact, this statement was approved by a vote of 205-4! Four bishops rejected a document confirming the most basic doctrine of the Eucharist. If such a lack of Faith exists in the leaders of the Church, is it any wonder that it can also be seen in the laity?

    If the American Bishops were truly concerned with the fading belief in the Real Presence, they wouldn't be satisfied with the mere issuance of official statements but would change the way their priests act toward the Blessed Sacrament. They would recognize the difficulties in reinforcing this belief with the New Mass. A Mystery of Faith which is being eliminated by a modern form of worship can only be restored by returning to a Mass which undeniably affirmed transubstantiation for over a thousand years.

    EDITOR'S NOTES: We have received the gracious permission of Peter Miller, editor of the Seattle Catholic to reprint various articles he has written on the dichotomy of what Eternal Rome has always taught and what Modern Rome now pushes on the faithful. He is the webmaster for the excellent Roman Catholic website Seattle Catholic at www.SeattleCatholic.com. You can contact him at Peter Miller


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