Free the Eucharist from the curse of clericalism

In case some of you did not catch this article on NCR, I post it here for your convenience….Reyanna

By Greg Reynolds          March 5, 2016        National Catholic Reporter on-line

The Eucharist is strangling the Catholic church. Most anthropologists assure us that rituals are essential to human life and self-discovery. Good rituals can be informative and formative. Bad rituals can be inhibiting and harmful.

I believe in the Eucharist as the source and summit of our life of Catholic faith. As a diocesan priest for more than 30 years, I have reflected long and hard about the power and purpose of our central sacred ritual.

One conclusion that I have come to is that many of the rubrics and traditions that have been built into it over the centuries are reinforcing the curse of clericalism that is bedeviling our church worldwide.

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4 Responses to Free the Eucharist from the curse of clericalism

  1. M Sikora says:

    You are a Godsend to send out these articles. It is impossible to believe the Christ would disapprove of this priest . The Catholic Church needs an almost complete upheaval.

    • Reyanna Rice says:

      Thank you. It is enjoyable work finding content to post here.

      Yes, the Church does need a complete upheaval. I have confidence that if Pope Francis can have a good long life….he has the DNA for it as his beloved grandmother lived until she was 92 and was a sharp as a tack!…will effect change. It is a slow go because he sees real change not as mandates coming from him, but as changing hearts, a permanent change hard to undo when he is gone. We need to all do as he always asks: pray for him. Keep reading posts and I hope you continue to enjoy them.

  2. Paul Feldman says:

    Along with Greg’s comments on the Eucharist

    Another glaring focus has to change in the Mass. It’s the endlessly repeated accusation of us as sinners, instead of a celebration of our magnificence as a separate act of creation of an all loving God.

    The examination of conscience and plea for mercy at the beginning of Mass.
    “Let us acknowledge our sins and ask for pardon and forgiveness.”
    “I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned …..
    “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.”

    In the Gloria….
    “You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.”

    At the Lamb of God.

    “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    have mercy on us.”

    At communion

    “Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

    It’s little wonder that most people lack self confidence, and find it hard if not impossible to love themselves, even though the basic command is to love God above all things and our neighbor AS OURSELVES.

    If we don’t love ourselves we have little love to give to our neighbor.

    A person who is always putting himself down is no fun to be around.

    The wise parent is quick to praise a child and very slow to criticize.

    What kind of an adult would the child become if his parents endlessly told he was a sinner, no good?

    Yet that is the theme at every Mass..

    What would happen if the Mass focused on the basic goodness of every person?

    Anne Frank who survived the Nazi persecution of the Jews said “in spite of everything I still think people are good at heart.”

    Carl Rogers has said, “At the core people are good and are social.”
    I like the comment of the six year old who said “I know I’m good bcause God made me and God don’t make junk.”

    The immense popularity of self help programs is in no small part because of their emphasis on the inherent potential of every person for good.

    • Reyanna Rice says:

      Thanks, Paul, for your thoughts. One of the things I have a hard time understanding with Papa Francesco is his emphasis on “We are all sinners” and his emphasis on Confession.

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