THE EMASCULATION OF THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY AND DOGMA, DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGY
Update correlated to something Fr. James Reese, SJ reported about some of the Synod Fathers which applies to the Archbishop who related an actual story that should then be the basis for giving Catholics Holy Communion who live in institutionalized sin:
"One conservative curial cardinal complained of the "schoolboy
theology" being presented in episcopal speeches. There is some truth in
that complaint. There is little evidence in their talks that bishops
consulted theologians in order to understand contemporary thinking in
Scripture, ethics or doctrine."
When you listen to progressives schooled in the 1970's as I was,
it is all about feelings. Thus if a woman who can't receive Holy
Communion because she is in a second marriage not recognized as a
Sacrament, and her son commits suicide and she comes forward at his
funeral with arms crossed over her chest, to receive a blessing and the
priest has a feeling of sympathy for her in this situation, he says, you
need to receive today and places the host in her mouth, then this is
all that is needed to say we must give Holy Communion to Catholics in
second marriages. In the case of the woman, which is a true story, she
then was so emotionally overwhelmed by being forced by the priest to
receive Holy Communion (positively) that she began the annulment
procedure which was successful and her second marriage was validated in
So the means justify the ends for the progressive, especially since bleeding heart reactions are the basis of their theology.
It was an archbishop who related this true story about a priest who forced a grieving mother to receive Holy Communion at a funeral Mass for her son. It is a
"feminine" reaction. I don't use that pejoratively, but to point out
that males and females respond differently to these kinds of situations.
masculinity of the Church's hierarchy and priesthood confirmed by a
masculine liturgy in the Extraordinary Form would scoff at the dripping bleeding heart that
moves a man to do what he did. Men are normally more objective and linear in their thinking, women more subjective and circular. However feminist ideologies have infiltrated the liturgy and the Church and the men who are bishops and
priests. Thus you have archbishops and priests proposing this kind of shallow thinking that is not based upon
doctrine or good theology, it is based upon feelings, "I'm okay, you're
I hope it is just a fad, but my age group and older is glorying in their youth of the 1970's. The 1970's "I'm Okay; you're okay generation. But it is only a passing fad, we'll never be young again and we are aging and predestined to die! We'll just have to get over it, especially the baby boomers who think even in their old age they can change the world like they did in the 70's!
The masculine response the priest should have given and the archbishop should have supported to this grieving mother would have been to respect the respect she was showing by not receiving Holy Communion at her son's funeral Mass. Then after a few days, to meet with her and say to her how important it is for her to be in full communion with the Church by having her first marriage annulled and her second marriage validated in the Church. That's the masculine and appropriate response to this situation.
I might add, though, if the grieving mother came forward and expected to receive Holy Communion, I would have given it to her. But then later, I would have met with her to counsel her to do the annulment!