Calling A Spade A Spade!

One of the main problems in the Church these days is IMO the failure to call a spade a spade, from the Holy Father on down. This came to mind as I was listening to the interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider by Fr. Pacwa at the link:

Now, at the outset allow me to say that I have a great deal of respect for Bishop Schneider and, particularly, his defense of the Eucharist and the manner of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling – which is the mandated procedure in his home diocese. Yet, I sensed during the interview a reluctance by both His Eminence and Fr. Pacwa, a reluctance to criticize the hierarchy for not mandating this procedure throughout the Universal Church. It was particularly evident on Fr. Pacwa’s part as he attempted to “spin” the practice of receiving communion in the hand as the licit means in the church of the “new springtime.” Even when questions from the audience gave both the opportunity to rail against the hierarchy for failing to defend the Eucharist for what it really is – the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God Almighty, they deferred. Of course, they both knew that they would be punished for doing so. It was obvious to me, however, from Bishop Schneider’s facial expressions that he was incensed at the practice of communion in the hand and its distribution by lay persons.

In conclusion, it seems to me that Holy Mother Church will not regain Her lost footing until She, through Her ministers, calls a spade a spade. Will this ever happen in the Church of the “new springtime?” I have reason to doubt that it will with the overwhelming number of apostates and fence-sitters in the hierarchy of today. Time to get off the fence, dear clergy, and tell it like it is. Even better would be to mandate the traditional practice at all of their masses. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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5 comments on “Calling A Spade A Spade!

  1. Agreed, Phaley.

    Schneider was my #2 pick at the last conclave.

    Fr. Pacwa is tormented but not quite “enough,” yet. I caught a sermon of his on EWTN radio, only a snippet. In it he addressed a scripture passage used in the NO liturgy from which had been drained ALL the most salient (and, to neo-Kathlyck, PC ears, “offensive”) “hard sayings.”

    This has been discussed at length for years in “conservative” and Trad circles but at least a Neo-Kathlyck “icon” (Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ) was at least, if only with great hesitancy and circumspection, calling attention to the matter.

    Such are our times.

    • Patrick,
      Who was your number 1? Would his initials by any chance be RLB? Anyway, there are few with the courage to speak out in defense of Tradition these days and thank God for the few on AQ that do. God bless.

      • You got it. Even though I suspect he’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

        And, yes, NY Yankee diehards like me ARE prepared to overlook certain things in a tight pennant race!

        Abp. Schneider did come out with some conciliatory remark recently toward Jorge, so I’m glad I slotted him behind my lead-off selection.

        We’d probably have serious ecclesiastical reform underway by now had either of these truly devout, learned men been made pope in 2013.

        Since that dark March night in Rome, things ecclesial have pretty much looked THIS way to me….

  2. Hahahahahahahaha – betcha His Eminence would have a few belly laughs over that one.

  3. Just a little update, folks. Yesterday, our priest in his sermon did just that – called a spade a spade on the issue of how the hierarchy continues to wink at the Catholic politicians who continue to support Abortion. God bless him for his courage in confronting the Evil inherent in the Church today.

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