Monday, June 05, 2006

Jesus profaned in Minneapolis, but hey, everything's "peaceful"

On Pentecost Sunday, a man took Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and proceeded to break the Sacred Host apart and distribute the fragments to those not allowed by Church decree to receive Him.

Good news. "The incident ended peacefully," according to Dennis McGrath, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

And once again, Jesus is scourged.

Look, this isn't about the idiotic "Rainbow Sash Movement," a rather pitiful attempt by a few narcissistic homosexuals and their bone-headed supporters to subvert Church – and natural — law.

It's about the desecration of the Holy Eucharist and nobody seems to give a rat's behind about it.

"It was confrontational, but we decided not to try to arrest the guy."

Uh...why not?

This man is not an ordinary minister of Holy Communion, nor was he specially installed to administer the Sacrament as an extraordinary minister.

He just took Jesus and did with Him what he pleased, and the Archdiocese of the Twin Cities insists that the "Mass was not interrupted."

Excuse me, but what is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass all about, if not the Eucharist? Indeed, the Mass was certainly "interrupted" and more than that, it was attacked. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a law — a Federal Law — against that?

A "teachable moment," once again, ignored.

Forget about the homosexual dissidents for a moment and let's concentrate on the Real Presence of Christ. How did this gentleman get the opportunity to treat Jesus Christ as if He were some sort of liturgical hors d'oeuvre to be whimsically passed about? And why wasn't this abomination addressed by the Church in the Twin Cities?

We're dying, people.

No, correct that...we're killing ourselves. Most Catholics, or so we're told and from what I've seen I've no reason to doubt it, don't believe in the Real Presence. Oh, heck, we go to church on Sundays if there's nothing better to do but that's about it.

How else does one explain:
  • The common — yes, common! — way so many people receive the Eucharist. (I call it the "snatch and grab" technique.)
  • The frequent, casual pocketing of the Consecrated Host (to what end? one wonders)
  • The nonchalant passing of the Tabernacle without so much as a glance, never mind a genuflection.
  • The voiced, priestly preferral that people refrain from receiving Jesus on the tongue (what's that about?)
It's time for plain talk from the pulpit.

Yes, I hear, as I'm sure you do too, the priest occasionally talking about the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (and in the Word, and In Each if they were all the same thing).

It's time, I believe, for priests and bishops to plainly explain the do's and don'ts about the Blessed Sacrament.

And never the bleep mind calling the incident described here as "confrontational."

It was more than was an attack, pure and simple.

And it's happening again and again and again.