13 July 2006
MythAnathematizers: Episode III
This week we will discuss Eucharistic Ministers. As usual, we will anathematize three myths regarding this subject.
Myth #1: The Church approves of Eucharistic Ministers.
Incorrect. The Church approves of extraordinary ministers of the Holy Eucharist. These ministers should not be regular or ordinary in any way. In this, the Church is following the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas who in the third part of the Summa Theologiae states that no one whose hands are unconsecrated should be allowed to touch the sacred species of the host except in the case of an emergency when it is necessary for someone else to distribute the sacred species. Yes, the distinction makes a huge difference. We will discuss the implication of this teaching in the next myth.
Myth #1- Anathematized
Myth #2: My parish church is allowed to schedule extraordinary ministers.
If these ministers are scheduled, then they become ordinary. It is against the directives of the Church to schedule extraordinary ministers for Mass. The abuse of this directive has led to extraordinary ministers becoming ordinary ministers and has only contributed to the decline of belief in the Real Presence. After all the priests have been employed in distribution, after all the ordinary ministers (deacons) have been employed in distribution, if more ministers are necessary, an extraordinary minister may be called on to help distribute Holy Communion.
Myth #2- Anathematized
Myth #3- Jesus preached tolerance.
"You brood of vipers." "Get behind me Satan." "It would be better for you if you had never been born." etc, etc, etc. Read the Bible for God's sake.
(I know, but I had too after reading all those comments. This might be a little intolerant-- but it is the Christian thing to do.)
Myth #3- Anathematized