Heart rending read…

1. America is a liberal Catholic publication. It might go too far to say that they are proud supporters of the cafeteria, but they have problems with certain doctrines that are not changing.
2. That said, this article is heart rending. You can’t read it and not hear the true love for Christ represented in the devotion to the Eucharist (Lord’s Supper), and in some sense for the church itself.

What doctrines are immediate disqualifications (gross error)? What ones do we need to be able to say, ‘you know, we disagree, but I can see your love for Christ and we need to continue to walk together?’ How does that impact a Eucharist, a communion? If you say that you have to be united in confession (a strict LCMS teaching), are we ever united in confession on all doctrines? Isn’t that obsession the problem with the Pharisees – always on the outlook for minor errors but missing the big things?

This has been a heart-wrenching time for the practice of my faith. A confession: For the first time in over thirty years of active, committed, adult Catholicism, I have weighed leaving the Church. I don’t mean considered the option: I mean really wrestled with the idea that perhaps God is calling me to leave the Church I love as a statement of conscience.

I love the Church because I believe in the Eucharist. I know that’s how Jesus feeds me. I find that going to Communion is a visceral experience, as well as a spiritual one: when I eat Christ’s body and drink Christ’s blood, I feel full. Sated. And for a few moments, like I’ll never have to eat again…

You can read on here.