The German bishops have been driving the debate about admitting people to Communion who do not believe what the Catholic Church teaches about the Eucharist, priesthood, etc. The Pope and the CDF have both said things (admittedly not enough) that ought to have signaled how very bad that idea is, but, no, since they are German bishops, they will continue to push. After, they have the Church Tax income to protect. Hence, as Fishwrap gleefully reports, they feel “obliged to stride forward”. “Courageously”.
How “courageous” are they? The German bishops released their document without any signature or the name of an office, etc. Hence, technically no one is putting his neck out and taking responsibility. How courageous.
The main point they make, these days Communion has become, in the eyes of many Catholics, a sign of hospitality, welcome, feeling good about yourself.
Doctrine means nothing in the face of sentimentality.
I’m afraid that, for many – even priests and bishops – Communion is now the moment we get the white thing in our hands and then we sing the song.
The “white thing” is a sign that people here like me. Hence, if I can’t have the “white thing” before we sing the song, I don’t feel good about myself in this setting… and that’s bad. I’m supposed to feel good about myself. You have to make me feel good about myself, or you are mean. The white thing in the hand is the token that this is a nice place.
That’s what Communion is being reduced to: the white thing that means we are nice.