Looks like I've once again placed myself outside of full communion of Christ's Church and under judgement of divine law. Fortunately, the God I know doesn't roll like that. Someone should remind Fr. Newman that it's Christ's church and not Fr. Newman's church. Do these people actually read the Gospel???? Because I read about a Christ who loves and does not condemn. There's a place at the table for everyone, my friends (to paraphrase John McCain, who also has a place at the Table along with people who voted for him). I'm so sick of being told by my more orthodox brothers and sisters that there's no place for me at the Table. If the pope wants a "Smaller, purer church", I'm not going to give it to him. Jesus says I don't have to.
At the Call to Action conference last weekend, the congregation as a whole consecrates the Eucharist (yes, that's right, as in we all say, "On the night before he was betrayed, Jesus took the bread, broke it, handed it to His disciples and said, "Take this, all of you, and eat it. This is my body which will be given up for you" etc). I can't tell you how powerful this is. I can't remember being moved to tears by the liturgy like I was at CTA. It may be heretical and I may be excommunicated one of these days, but you can't separate me from the Body of Christ.
"...you can't separate me from the Body of Christ..."
He's been dead for like 2000 years, that's kinda kinky.
(With the strongest apologies, I'm just in a happy-go-lucky feel-like-joking-around mood right now...)
Edited at 2008-11-14 04:14 am (UTC)