A Truly Miserable Job



One of the things that tends to get lost in discussions about the Church is just what a miserable job is being done in teaching the essentials of the Faith:

Transubstantiation – the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ – is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’”

But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. In fact, nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion “are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.”

Go here to read the disheartening rest. I guess all those felt banners, balloons, and completely untrained lay CCD teachers haven’t been a raging success?  Faithful members of the Laity pay large sums to the Clergy each year to teach, defend and spread the Faith.  In the vast majority of cases the money might as well have been spent on lottery tickets for all the good it has done.


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  1. So the hierarchy made a concerted effort to protestantize the Mass and, not shockingly, much of the laity went along. My guess is less than 30% of the bishops believe in the real presence. Does anyone believe that Archbishop Paglia believes in the real presence? How about McCarrick’s proteges? Regarding your point about the poor catechistic efforts, I used to wonder why the Church always seemed to bury its treasure. After learning about the pathetic state of the leadership in the Church, I now know this was not an accident.

  2. He didn’t lie. He just didn’t mean it in a literal sense.

    Which is a funny thing for Protestants to say, if you stop and think about it.

    The bigger problem is Aristotelian realism sounds like mumbo jumbo to Baconians and Cartesians.

    Forget the economists. Which dead philosopher’s prisoner are you?

  3. What I find striking is that nothing seems to get through to the bishops. NOTHING. In the seventies and eighties they spent vast resources on their Washington DC apparatus, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference, building an executive office building for the expanded bureaucracy. Their principal efforts seemed to be the pastoral letters from the NCCB to the country: on war, on racism, on the economy, on women and their place in society. Endless amounts of time and money — while the Liturgy was slipping completely out of control, catechesis was at the mercy of the publishers of Religious text books, Mass attendance plummeted (60% in thrty years); nonetheless they kept pontificating on societal problems. And NOTHING has gotten better — I do not know where this Mass attendance figure of 25% comes from, I don’t believe it is as high as 15%. In the midst of this catastrophe, what do you see the Bishops pontificating about today? Immigration. National borders. They have learned nothing.

  4. I have a crazy idea: maybe we should ditch “One Bread, One Body” and start singing Pange lingua gloriosi again.

  5. Yes; born protestant; convert. Recognized that RCIA was vague and wishy washy around 10 years ago but converted anyway and the situation at the Cathedral in Honolulu is far less Catholic than the Episcopal Church was at the time I was raised in it. We had an altar rail, and no armies of female distributors; instead received ‘communion’ from the minister.

    The bishops won’t change because money is involved; their material security; we all can see that. In the case of immigration they expect the newcomers to fill the pews but they probably will leave like everyone else has, and the money involved is from the federal government, a lot of it, which controls the bishops. We can all see what happens to the few super nova… men I would be so honored to meet, men like Fr. Vaughn Treco, Fr. Perrone, and Cardinal Pell. All three I see clearly fortunate in their situations spiritually for SURE.

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