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Eucharistic faith

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 Contents - Dec 2010AD2000 December 2010 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Christmas - Pope Benedict XVI
Euthanasia: Australia's Christian churches unite in opposition - MIchael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Youth: Another successful Australian Catholic youth initiative - Br Barry Coldrey
Call to Holiness: Facing life issues in love and truth - Babette Francis
Congress for Life: Catholic orthodoxy: key to promoting the culture of life - Cardinal Raymond Burke
Homily: Christus Rex Pilgrimage: Building God's Kingdom on earth - Bishop Peter J. Elliott
Catholic origins: Psychology and Christianity: need they be at odds? - Wanda Skowronska
Poetry: Euthanasia, the insidious escalator - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Eucharistic faith - Anna M. Silvas
Letters: Marriage - Arnold Jago
Letters: Lay saint? - Eamonn Keane
Letters: Euthanasia - Brian Coman
Letters: Ecumenism - Kevin McManus
Letters: Family breakdown - Peter Gilet
Books: EDMUND CAMPION, by Richard Simpson, revised by Peter Joseph - Fr Anthony Robbie (reviewer)
Books: THE LAST CRUSADER, by Louis de Wohl - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FIVE SMOOTH STONES: A 40 Day WYD08 Journal, by Stephen Lawrence - Bishop Joseph Grech (reviewer)
Fighting Fund: 2010 Fighting Fund progress
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Reflection: Messiah: the one anointed by God to reconcile sinners - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes

I thought there were some really good items in the October  AD2000. I mention in particular Bishop Elliott's meaty article on the remedying of the English in the Liturgy. How poorly served we the faithful were by the ecclesiastic mandarins who presided over our post-conciliar liturgical 'renewal'! And this was all imposed on us in the structures of Church obedience. Don't misread me. I am not a 'traditionalist' who will only hear of the 1962 Missal.

I found David Robart's long review of the book on converts,  The Path to Rome, very interesting, given his own position. Personally I find it incredible that any Catholic-minded Anglican who looks intently at the progressive deformation of the Eucharistic Prayer by Cranmer could seriously believe in the validity of Anglican orders, even provisionally.

Even if you were validly ordained by some process (Old Catholics?), using an Anglican Eucharistic Prayer, it would surely be an invalid act. For Cranmer's changes were awful, representing a patent disowning of essential elements of the ancient eucharistic faith and practice of the Church, both East and West.

I attended an Anglican eucharist early this year, celebrated by the nicest, most well meaning of people, and couldn't believe what I heard, or failed to hear. I felt really sorry for them. Of course, the idea was, by a smokescreen of elegant and plausible words, to subjectivise belief in the Real Presence (to put the best construction on it). But no amount of private subjective feeling will make it so. Other factors are necessary for that.

School of Humanities
University of New England, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 11 (December 2010 - January 2011), p. 13

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