FutureChurch has named June 22nd, the feast of Corpus Christi (June 22) as a national day of study, reflection and prayer about the Eucharist (the Catholic Mass) and the future of the Catholic Priesthood. Referring to a recent papal encyclical on the Eucharist, FutureChurch director Sr. Christine Schenk said: “While the Pope writes beautiful statements about what the Eucharist means for Catholics, most Catholics in the world have no regular access to Mass at all.” She cited recent statistics from the Vatican showing 105, 530 of the world�s 218,196 parishes do not have a resident priest. The 2001 Vatican yearbook reported that the world�s Catholics increased by 15 million to 1.06 billion worldwide but the number of priests declined by 111 to only 404, 956. By contrast, the number of lay people people involved in pastoral care rose from 3.6 million catechists, nuns and deacons in 2000, to 3.9 million in 2001.
The group Save Our Church is planning a prayer/protest at St. Marks parish in Cleveland, Ohio home of FutureChurch. I like Save Our Church’s motto “Ecumenical not heretical!”
The idea of NoFutureChuch conducting a day of study on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is a big sham. This group denies the miracle of transubstantiation and will feature a speaker that has written to that effect. This is just a scam under the guise of increasing access to the Eucharist to try to sneak in women priests.