Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.
There is just so much good in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation.
What about Protestants who believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist? When I was in Baltimore this past weekend, I attended mass at the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin. No one would have known I wasn’t Catholic, but I didn’t feel it appropriate. I would, however, love to have taken the Eucharist.
I’ve read this throughout the day and it is powerful. I mean the entire document, of course.
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- Evangelii Gaudium: Pope says only men can be priests, but women must have voice in Church (catholicherald.co.uk)
- Pope Supports Male Priesthood, Urges ‘Feminine Genius’ In Church (albanytribune.com)
- Pope Francis reveals his radical message – and it will startle conservatives (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Pope Francis has seen the enemy . . . (chicagonewspapers.wordpress.com)