Sunday, May 26, 2002

Taking a stand...

I was going through Zenit tonight and came across an article that was, in essence, a letter written by Archbishop Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney. In this letter, found in it's entirety here, Archbishop Pell outlines his reasons for denying Communion to homosexuals activists during Pentecost Sunday.

Now, let me go on the record that I feel that Archbishop Pell's actions were justified. Aside from people calling the Pope a hypocrite, another thing that sticks in my craw is when people use the Holy Mass to make political statements. There may be a time and a place to air out one's grievances (be they legitimate or a bunch of hot air) but during the Mass, and especially during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, is not the time, nor the place!

Archbishop Pell stated: Receiving the sacrament is the ultimate expression of our Catholic faith, an intensely personal matter between communicant and Almighty God. An unworthy communion, wilfully made, is a serious matter.

Matter of fact, knowingly taking the Eucharist when in a state of mortal sin, is in and of itself, another mortal sin. Therefore, it is the duty of a priest, if he knows of this, to deny the communicant from further damning themselves. Never mind that taking the Body and Blood of Christ while in a state of mortal sin is a defilement of Christ. Makes me wonder if these people even believe in the Real Presence of the Holy Eucharist is they're willing to soil Christ to make a political statement...

Additionally, Archbishop Pell stated: The rule is basically the same for all Catholics:

A person who publicly defines himself at any given time as supporting or practising activities contrary to Church teaching in a serious matter is not entitled to receive Holy Communion.

So in essence it wasn't an attack against homosexuals. Anyone (as Archbishop Pell illustrated immediately after this quote) who lives in an open unrepentant acknowledgement of mortal sin should not receive Holy Communion. Can any Catholic truly find fault with this, and still consider themselves Catholic?

Rather, one should commit oneself, in good faith, to the Church and its teachings and work towards following these teachings as closely as possible.

In this day and age everyone wishes to make Christ fit their image, when in Truth we're made in His. It's about time people started acting like it.

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