"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Communion in the hand is a great wound of the Church


This is what Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider from Astana in Kazakhstan said on Pentecost Sunday, that it is "more than clear that the Church has experienced a great crisis."

Communion is Handed out Like Bread

The crisis shows itself in its most gripping in the declining Liturgy, for the prelate: "Today's manner of receiving Communion spread throughout the world is a great wound."

The body of Christ has been received "without recognizable sacral gestures of worship".

Hand communion leaves one with the impression as if one is taking a regular meal, which "one puts in ones' own mouth".

The Bible gives a different example of reverence

Msgr Schneider recalled that the angel and prophets in Holy Scripture knelt before Jesus Christ:

"How great is the contrast between today's widely spread form of hand-communion with the minimalistic signs of reverence on the one side and the glorious examples in Holy Scripture and the examples of Catholics from the past two thousand years, and also the edifying examples of our own associates, parents, grandparents on the other side."

The example of the Pope

Msgr Schneider recalled then that Pope Benedict XVI has been distributing Holy Communion in the mouth since Corpus Christi of 2008 to the faithful on their knees:

"A true Catholic, and even more a Catholic Bishop, can not ignore the Pope's gestures."

That would be a true renewal

For the Auxiliary Bishop it would be a poignant sign of Faith if all the Masses world-wide "were brought back to clear signs of reverence, silence, the holiness of the music".

He criticized the supper table very carefully: priests and people should interiorly and exteriorly look together upon Christ -- he said.

All faithful should "receive the body of Christ self-evidently in the state of sanctifying grace, having gone too confession, and to receive it directly in the mouth with the piety of a child."

In this Msgr Schneider sees "powerful sings of a true renewal in the Church".

In such Masses a God fearing man should fall on his knees and say: "Verily, God is among you" [1Cor 14 24-25]

My Comment: Why are priests reluctant or even refuse to provide a kneeler for those who wish to kneel for Holy Communion? And why hasn't the Holy See demanded and mandated a return to kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue? Just wondering? Is standing and receiving on the hand a dogma?


16:16:36 | Thursday, 31 May 2012
Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider


Pictures with Bishop Schneider on the homepage of the shrine Maria Pieta.

"The more committees, more meetings, more fear of public opinion and political correctness, the less real reform of the Church."said Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of The Astana, Kazakhstan on Whit Sunday in the Swabian town of pilgrimage Maria Pieta . 

For Msgr.Schneider it is "more than obvious that the Church is experiencing a major crisis." The Communion is distributed as bread , the crisis shows itself for the prelates at the most tangible rundown in the liturgy: "A large wound is now widespread nature of the Communion reception. " "is assumed. The Body of Christ would be" no recognizable religious worship gestures leave the hand Communion the impression that they receive a common food that "you lead yourself into your mouth." 

The Bible would be another example of the awe Mons. Schneider reminds us that the angels and prophets in the Bible before Jesus Christ kneeling: "How great the contrast between the now widely used form of hand communion with its minimal sign of worship on the one side and the beautiful examples from the Scriptures and Examples of Catholics from the past two thousand years, and the uplifting examples of our own ancestors, parents, grandparents, on the other side. " 

The example of Pope 
Mons. Schneider recalled that Pope Benedict XVI. Since Corpus Christi 2008, only the mouth Communion spend, which is received by the faithful kneeling: "A true Catholic, and still more of a Catholic bishop, this gesture does not ignore the Pope." That would be a real replacement for the Bishop would be a considerable testimony, if at all fairs worldwide "clear signs of worship, of silence, the sanctity of song would be present." 

He criticized the table very carefully: priest and people should at all fairs inside and out look together to Christ - he said. All believers should be "the body of Christ, of course, confessed in the state of sanctifying grace, received in the knees and worshiping in the humility of a child directly in the mouth." It looks Mons. . Schneider "powerful symbol of a genuine renewal of the Church" in such fairs could be a God-seeking man fall to his knees and say: "Surely God is among you (1 Cor 14, 24-25)." 

A church of believers - not out of church tax . 
the Bishop says in his sermon, a reform-example from Kazakhstan . In the city of Karaganda, the Catholics built under the communist regime 35 years ago a church . The authorities allowed only a low, hall-like building without a steeple and cross two years have been believers - even the elderly and children -. busy building . They dug into the ground even to put the church to enable a deeper and higher interior without discussion and commissions when construction is completed, there was no bishop to consecrate far and wide, which the Church had can. But the local priest - he was called by everyone, Father Alexander Chira - promised the faithful that God will send a bishop. On the opening day, he himself appeared with miter and pastoral staff in church. He was a secret bishop. According to one woman present was given to the consecration of this holy water was blown up as more tears.The consecration is Msgr. Schneider is an example of "real reform of the church without a lot of committees and discussion groups."

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