A Church bulletin can be a useful tool to provide helpful and worthy information to the faithful, but unfortunately, it is sometimes used to push opinions which dissent from Church teaching, discipline, and tradition.

We were recently exposed to two such examples, in our bulletin. They were copied from a bulletin published by another Church, and were titled The Question Box written by a Father Edmund Dunn.

A writer mentioned to Fr. Dunn that he witnessed a priest who elevated the Sacred Host for too long a period, and seemed to roll his eyes when he genuflected to the Body of Christ. Fr. Dunn's response to this was that in the eucharistic (sic) celebration, Christ is present primarily to be received: "Take and eat. It is not a command to roll one's eyes back and go into ecstacis." In reality, the Catholic Church teaches that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is re-presented in the Mass, but in an unbloody manner. It is not just a meal! As was done in ancient times, the holocaust is consumed by those present, when we receive the Body of Christ in Communion.

One can not show enough reverence to Jesus Christ, Who is wholly and truly present; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Sacred Host!

In another column, Fr. Dunn answered a writer who questioned why some people genuflect before receiving Communion. He responded by saying that they reminded him of people he has known, who have what he called a mea culpa complex; "Lord I am not worthy". Here again Fr. Dunn really indicates his lack of proper seminary training by his responses. The Catholic Church teaches that an act of latria (adoration) must be shown to the Blessed Sacrament. This is why a priest is required to genuflect after each elevation, and prior to receiving Communion! This point has been emphasized in too many documents to list here, but they are also contained in the General Instructions of the Roman Missal (GIRM) that specifies how a priest is to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

I recommend that Fr. Dunn spend more time studying the documents of Vatican II as well as the post-conciliar documents concerning the mandated adoration of Jesus Christ.

He might also spend a little time with his Latin primer, because mea culpa translates as; 'through my guilt or fault'. If he wants to say I am not worthy, the Latin expression is domine non sum dignus.

If Fr. Dunn could show a greater knowledge of Catholic instruction, and tradition, as well as basic Latin, he might be able to call his column the Answer Box , instead of the Question Box!

Fred Paschall




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