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Is the Problem Upper Management or the Supervisors?

In a recent blog post, James Swan spoke of a young child who was denied a First Communion because he didn’t understand what it meant.  Swan says that’s ridiculous, since 70% of Roman Catholics don’t understand Communion.  He says that this is problem of the Magisterium (upper management).

Is it?

I don’t think so, not for a second.  Upper management, in the case of the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope and the Magisterium, have taught consistently what Communion is and what it means.  I was taught, in second grade, about transubstantiation.  This should be taught today in all of the churches.

I don’t know if it is, and with good reason.  I was taught in a Catholic school that homosexuality is perfectly normal and masturbation is a natural part of growing up and those that do it shouldn’t be ashamed in the least.  One of my teachers even recommended Playboy as the porno mag that we should look at if we were curious.

Our religion books never referred to the First Person of the Trinity as “the Father” or by the male pronoun.  One of the more astute students asked our teacher why, and the teacher (different than the one above) told us that God was neither male nor female, and thus shouldn’t be referred to or thought of in those terms.

Official Catholic teachings?  Nope.  Not in the least.  The Catholic Church has always taught that homosexuality is a sin, that masturbation is “intrinsically disordered,” and that the First Person of the Trinity is God the Father.

So, if the teachings on sexuality and conception of God were really far off, then it isn’t much of a stretch to imagine that the teachings on the Eucharist were equally appalling.  This isn’t a function of upper management, as Swan accuses, but of the folks in the trenches who are teaching people contrary to official Catholic teachings.

Yes, I just defended the Roman Catholic Church.  Move along.  Nothing more to see, here!

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Posted on May 13, 2011, in Roman Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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