The pain that this kidney stone of a pontificate is causing faithful Catholic priests is beyond belief. Case in point Father Z:
There is an article today at National Review which has a reaction to Pope Francis’ strange words about the Eucharist. HERE. Francis said that, since “there is already unity” among Christians, then we shouldn’t have to “wait for theologians to come to agreement on the Eucharist.”
Is that so? If that is the case, then a fundamental principle we Catholics have embraced since the beginning of the Eucharist is being overthrown. The idea is this: The reception of the Eucharist in Communion together both reflects unity and creates unity. However, one of those has logical priority and chronological priority. Common belief in what the Catholic Church teaches about the Eucharist is a sine qua non for its reception in common with other Catholics. Once unity in belief is established, then reception continues to deepen the unity. But the one must precede the other, logically and chronologically for “communion”, in its proper sense, to be authentic. Admission of those who do not believe and who do not publicly profess what Church teaches about the Eucharist, is to cause a false appearance of communion and an abuse of the sacrament of unity. In other words, reception of the Eucharist cannot, by itself, create communion. Grace builds on nature, it doesn’t replace it. Hence, what Francis said is troubling at best and disturbing at non-best. I don’t know how to square what he is suggesting.
I’m a convert. I was Lutheran. No Communion for me before I converted. Lutherans don’t believe what Catholics believe about the Eucharist. Period. No Communion for them, or any other person who doesn’t believe what the Church teaches. This is not rocket science and every Catholic who has even the slightest clue knows this is true. I’m not making this up.
Go here to read the rest. We can take comfort in the observation that man has never seen so dark a night as to prevent the coming of the dawn. This too shall pass.