Do Some Clergy Represent an Obstacle to the Eucharistic Revival? – Crisis Magazine

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A diocesan publication, in the context of the Eucharistic Revival, decides to give space to a priest’s pique about some of the faithful and their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

This question came to my mind as I was reading the official magazine of my diocese. The publication took the place of the former diocesan weekly newspaper, and it is a typical example of what passes for Catholic journalism these days—glossy pictures, human interest, and very little that would remind readers of the almost apocalyptic state of world affairs. If you are interested in what is going on in the Church intellectually or socio-politically, you must look elsewhere for reading material.

Until, that is, recently. In an essay in Northeast Ohio Catholic, a former seminary professor, the Reverend Gerald Bednar, weighed in on the Eucharistic Revival with a unique perspective. The problem he found was that some folks want to kneel to receive Communion. Considering all the problems the decline of faith in the Real Presence implies, who knew that kneeling for Communion was something we need to be worried about?

The old professor admits that by a “quirky regulation” the rubrics permit the faithful to kneel to receive the sacrament. The reason this is not good, according to the prof, is that it “conceals the true purpose of the Mass.” Kneeling was an “accretion,” according to this luminary, like the Last Gospel, which according to Pater Bednar was “pared back” by the Fathers at the Second Vatican Council.


Do Some Clergy Represent an Obstacle to the Eucharistic Revival? – Crisis Magazine

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