Tuesday, November 1, 2016
THE TYPE OF ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE AND TOGETHERNESS OF THE 1970'S IS DATED! WE NEED POPE BENEDICT'S METHOD, NEW AND IMPROVED!
There is talk that one day we will have inter communion with Lutherans. But how can this be?
Let me make a codicil statement first. I accept the Church's current discipline that Eastern Orthodox are allowed to receive Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass and if the Orthodox invited Catholics to receive in their service we would be allowed by the Church to do so. This applies to extraordinary situations such as visiting an Orthodox Church for a particularity Divine Liturgy and an Orthodox lay person visiting a Catholic Church for a particular Mass.
The Eastern Orthodox have valid sacraments, all seven to include Holy Orders which is necessary for the valid celebration of the Mass or Divine Liturgy.
Protestants may recieve Holy Communion in a Catholic Church if they fulfill the following three criteria:
1. They believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.
2. They cannot go to their own church for Holy Communion, maybe there isn't one in their locality.
3. The bishop gives permission.
This is rare, but it can and does happen and I had it happen regularly with the bishop's approval for an Episcopal nun who eventually become Catholic.
But how can Catholics ever have inter communion with any Protestant denomination that rejects Holy Orders, meaning the priesthood which is required for the valid celebration of the Mass? Just because their liturgical services approximate our own in looks and theology does not make it valid and it doesn't matter who is celebrating it, male or female, their Holy Orders are null and void by their own volition and our teachings.
So the only solution to bring any liturgical communion into the full communion of the Catholic Church where what is compatible in their liturgical spirituality and tradition with Catholicism is present is what Pope Benedict did for the Anglicans, an Anglican Ordinariate situation where all the t's are crossed and i's are dotted. That is what full communion with the Catholic Church looks like even while keeping some post-reformation practices or liturgical traditions.
POPE BENEDICT IS THE POPE OF CHRISTIAN UNITY!