Wherein Fr. Z assigns some worthwhile reading

At First Things there are two outstanding pieces to which I direct your attention.

Firstly, run, don’t walk, to read Martin Mosebach’s beautiful essay about “eternal Rome”.   The translator did a masterful job.  I read it yesterday on the airplane and I am still mulling it over.  I have the strong sense that Mosebach may have been looking a bit at City of God recently.   That apart, we often hear the phrase “eternal Rome” in the context of traditionalist debates, especially from the SSPX.  Hence, anything that a smart guy like Mosebach has to say about “eternal Rome” is worthwhile.  He strives to add some context and content to the term Romanitas.  At least I think that’s what he is doing, whether he intended to or not.   HERE

You should also immediately order his book, now back in print!


Next, you will find the piece by Philadelphia’s Archbp. Chaput about the truly bizzare debate in Germany about Communion for non-Catholic spouses – without having to accept everything the Church teaches or go to confession, etc. etc.   The Archbishop raises a lot of questions and gives a clear warning that this debate is going to spread to a parish near you.  It’s not going to stay in Germany – right now seemingly the caput malorum omnium.   HERE

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  1. aquinasadmirer says:

    You are right that this is coming to a parish near you. I live in the archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul…

    A coworker, married to a Catholic, who is not Catholic, told me she receives communion at mass regularly. She said the priest told her “I can’t tell you that you can’t receive communion.”

    I was floored.

  2. G1j says:

    Our parish priest will not deny anyone communion either. He says he is not in a position to judge whether or not the individual is worthy of receiving. He says that is on the individual. What is our faith coming to??? Universalism seems to be the newly accepted form of Catholicism.

  3. Grant M says:

    I remember reading somewhere, possibly, on this very blog, an anecdote pertinent to this situation.

    Protestant to her Catholic friend: “I wish I could receive communion in your church.” Catholic: “You CAN receive communion in my church.” “Really? How?” “Enroll in a good RCIA program and you can make your first communion as a Catholic at the Easter vigil next year.” “Oh, I could never do that!” “Why not?” “I could never accept all the #### stuff the Catholic Church asks me to believe.” “So why do you want her Eucharist?”

    You can’t have it both ways. It’s like a young man who wishes to be intimate with a beautiful but chaste young woman. “Your wish can be fulfilled.” “Really? How?” “Ask her to marry you, and then get the priest to join you in Holy Matrimony”. “Oh, I could never do that!” “Why not?” “ I could never stand having to live with her as long as we both shall live.”

    In the Catholic Church, it’s all or nothing. A package deal.

  4. Nan says:

    Have you brought that priest to Abp’s attention?

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