The Diocese of St. Petersberg is having a conference on the “Living Eucharist” this month. People will fondly remember Bishop Lynch of this diocese , the protector of Terri Schiavo – well in a multiverse this was bound to have happened somewhere. Also this is the Bishop who restricted perpetual Eucharistic Adoration saying that it was not a “normal pattern” of the Church and would require his permission for a dispensation. Though it appears at least now that a couple of parishes did receive that dispensation.
So you know a conference on the Eucharist in this diocese should be something special. To be fair the Bishop’s previous Pastoral letter “Living Eucharist: Gathered, Nourished, Sent” is a fairly decent letter on the Eucharist. Though the title of it annoys me with the tone of the Eucharist being about the congregation more than about Jesus. But I usually quibble too much.
So for a congregation on the Eucharist who would you pick for keynote speakers? Well I am sure your short list would include:
- Reverend Timothy Radcliffe, OP Best known for known for writing in favor of gay priests, saying Masses for dissident homosexual groups, and for encouraging people to read gay novels and watch gay-themed movies such as Brokeback Mountain.
Cardinal Mahony was once asked about Fr. Radcliffe and what he was teaching at the L.A. Religious Conference. The Cardinals first reply was “Well, why are you asking me? Ask him.” and followed up with “Do you know how many speakers we have here” and complained that there was no way to know in advance what a speaker would say. Of course this is only a real concern when you have dissident speakers. Plus of course Fr. Radcliffe was invited back again to the conference even after the Cardinal was made aware of this. Strangely I get the feeling we would get the same type of answer from Archbishop Lynch.
- Fr. J Glenn Murray as director of the diocesan Office for Pastoral Liturgy for Cleveland implemented changes to the Liturgy and Communion Rite that went against both what the U.S. Bishops and the Vatican had rejected. For example standing after Communion. Not surprisingly, also a fan of liturgical dance
- Fr. J. Bryan Hehir One of the early dissidents opposing Humanae Vitae saying the Church should be silent on contraception. When it comes to questions of sexual morality he is also known to hold views outside of the Church. A supporter of the idea of seeing Vatican II as a rupture from the past along with supporting homosexual adoption in connection with Catholic Charities. His influence was certainly felt in Boston where Catholic Charities was indeed adopting Children to homosexuals until ironically the State said they had to do this.
Well they are only the keynote speakers. Surely the presenters at the conference will be just fine. For example Rev. Lawrence Mick whose book on the sacraments was reviewed by blog friend Rich Leornardi. Oddly Rich only gave it one star for teaching a “horizontalized, incomplete picture of the sacraments at odds with what the Church teaches.”
In two days full of conferences in a conference dedicated to the Eucharist you will certainly find a lot of classes on the topic. That is if you went to a different conference on the Eucharist than this one. I could not find one class actually on the Eucharist and the theology of the Eucharist. Pretty much every other subject though especially in the social justice arena including the pro-life movement.
There I am quibbling again and being downright petty thinking a conference on the Eucharist be about Jesus in the Eucharist. One of the goals of the conference is:
- Develop a greater consciousness of ourselves as the Body of Christ
Because when it comes down to it, worship is all about us. So lets sing Here I am Lord until God realizes how lucky he us to have us.
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