Summoning the nastiness of which liberals are duly known, Rita Ferrone demonstrates how mean-spirited a lib can be in piece penned for Commonsqueal. She attacked Robert Card. Sarah because he has called for a rethinking of Communion in the hand.
Card. Sarah opined in a preface he wrote for a recent book (HERE) that Communion in the hand (with other practices and influences) has diminished faith in the Eucharist. He is, of course, right. Hence, the spittle-flecked nutty from Ferrone.
It’s soooo predictable.
She doesn’t offer much in the way of counter arguments, except to cite the tired old claim that in the ancient Church some people received Communion in the hand and some writers wrote eloquently about that. Never mind that the practice of Communion in the hand dropped away for a good reason, such as deepening appreciation and understanding of the Eucharist. She also makes the point lots of people receive Communion that way in good faith. In other news, water is still wet, the sun still rises in the East, 2 plus 2 still equals 4… well… you get what I mean.
In effect, Ferrone’s attack on the Cardinal consists mainly of calling him stupid and mean.
“…Sarah manages to slander…”
“…Sarah’s comments reveal either an appalling ignorance of or an indifference to liturgical history…”
“… he is disparaging the faith of many centuries of Christians…”
“… Sarah’s remarks display a lamentable lack of pastoral sensitivity…”
“Why did Pope Francis appoint Sarah—not to a niche position, but to a mainstream post in a field about which he knows little? And why does he let him go on blundering in this way?”
She goes on and on and on.
Ironically, however, the first sentence of her piece is:
In an arena where, arguably, the most important thing he could do is to encourage charity and an irenic spirit toward various forms of Eucharistic piety,…