Posts Tagged ‘Eucharist’

Streaming the Eucharist should be banned

Monday, April 8th, 2024

Streaming the Eucharist online for the world to watch or broadcasting it on television is an abomination, akin to showing video of people eating a meal to starving people. A video experience of the Eucharist might have value if it makes people hunger for the real thing, but as an alternative for showing up to Read more

The Catholic Church needs married priests now

Thursday, February 29th, 2024
married priests

Without the Eucharist, it seems obvious: There is no Catholic Church. It feeds us as a community of believers and transforms us into the body of Christ active in the world today. But according to Catholic theology, we cannot have the Eucharist without priests. Sadly, in many parts of the world there is a Eucharistic Read more

A sign of the times

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

It is proverbial wisdom that ‘One picture is worth a thousand words.’ That is certainly true of the picture above – it is worth many thousands of words as we approach the synod in October. Dare I say it, it is worth a thousand of the numbered statements in Denzinger! Please study the picture closely. Read more

To see God’s real presence in the Eucharist, we must see God everywhere

Monday, August 28th, 2023

The small marble table from a Roman-era home was adorned with carved acanthus leaves and the body of Dionysus. When I saw it in the archaeological museum of Thessaloniki, Greece, I broke down crying, though I had no idea why. Several months later, while giving a talk for my diocese about Scripture and the Eucharist Read more

Eucharist controversy at WYD 2023 sparks debate

Monday, August 21st, 2023
Eucharist controversy

A wave of controversy has engulfed the World Youth Day (WYD) event held in Lisbon last week, as concerns were raised about the handling of the Eucharist during the lead-up to the papal mass on Sunday. The controversy erupted after images circulated on social media depicting plastic containers placed on tables inside a white tent, Read more

Can chatbots write inspirational and wise sermons?

Monday, July 24th, 2023

When several hundred Lutherans in Bavaria, Germany, attended a service on June 9, 2023, designed by ChatGPT, the program not only selected hymns and prayers, but also composed and delivered a sermon, delivered by an avatar on a big screen. Indeed, programs like ChatGPT, that can produce a sermon in seconds, might seem attractive to Read more

God within

Thursday, July 6th, 2023

It was a crowded church in Singapore, and a young priest was talking about a recent first communion. A little girl had run back to her parents, shouting, “I just ate Jesus!” Later, the child asked her mother, “How does Jesus get from our stomach to our heart?” The mother replied, “Jesus can do anything.” Read more

Anglican Mass at Pope’s cathedral!

Monday, April 24th, 2023

A  communication breakdown led to permission being given to a group of Anglican clergy (some pictured) to celebrate the Eucharist in the pope’s cathedral, Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran last Tuesday. Auxiliary Bishop Guerino Di Tora of Rome, vicar for the basilica’s chapter, has acknowledged and apologised for the communication problem, which led to Read more

Ordinary Catholics experience of synodality

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Ordinary Catholics experience of synodality

When I ask ordinary Catholics what they think of all the discussions about synodality and Pope Francis’ call for us to become a synodal Church, I usually get blank stares. Some assume that I am one of those academic types that enjoy asking irrelevant questions; others simply say that they haven’t got a clue about Read more

Learning words: understanding Eucharist

Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Learning words

How did we learn to read? We might remember putting sounds to the letters of the alphabet and then trying to make those sounds into words. We struggled. We made mistakes. Then what happened? One day it all came together. We could read, but we didn’t know how it happened. Those words held hands with Read more