POSTED BY Jacobi
“In June 2012, Pope Benedict urged the divorced but remarried, to continue to attend Mass even though they cannot receive absolution and Holy Communion. That is sound Catholicism. The problem, given the now near universal reception of Holy Communion at every Mass, is that anyone not receiving, for whatever reason, “stands out”.
St Pius X called for more frequent reception of Holy Communion at a time when good and practising Catholics, received infrequently. Increased reception was to be achieved through personal holiness, not just routinely adopted, as has happened
Attendance at Communion in the pre-Vatican II days had risen from the time of St Pius X to, circa, 30% (e.g., personal recollection, large city centre parish, main Sunday Mass, 1955). Given the greater emphasis today, that figure should be perhaps circa 45%, but not the typical 98% now seen.
That latter figure is, I think, a measure of disbelief in the Real Presence, not belief.
St Pius would be horrified today to see the near 100% procession to Communion, past rarely used Confessionals, of infrequent Mass attenders, contraceptors, the stubbornly heterodox, some practicing homosexuals, others guilty of any of the seven deadly sins, those who do not believe in the Real Presence – and of course not a few divorced and re-married.
To receive Holy Communion, we are required to be in a State of Grace.
Few priests dare to say that today, because of a profound misunderstanding of the “pastoral” concept which has prevailed since Vatican II, and because most are just simply afraid to speak the Truth.
Now this is critical when we come to the present campaign to allow the divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion while continuing in a state of Mortal Sin.
If our clergy set out preach clearly and specifically the doctrine of the Real Presence, the need to be properly prepared for Holy Communion, and the reality off Mortal Sin, reception at Mass might fall back to say, 50% – at which point divorced and remarried Catholics, would not particularly stand out.
They could then, along with other sinners, be accepted and supported within the Catholic parish community, while they sorted things out – as was so in the past.”
M Donnelly: Thank you for your reflection Jacobi