Becoming Coherent

Becoming Coherent

Readers following the USCCB saga will no doubt have learned that yesterday the bishops overwhelmingly voted to move ahead with their plans to begin a Eucharistic teaching document, approving the plan 168-55 (with six abstaining from the vote.)

Debate over this at USCCB gives one a glimpse at what is at play, with an attempt, headed by St. Louis Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski & seconded by Joseph Tobin, to extend discussion on whether or not to create this document essentially indefinitely. Bishops opposed to this effort categorized it as a “filibuster” and a “delaying tactic,” with various arguments. So now the work on drafting the document, which is primarily a teaching document, will commence.

To which we say: Deo gratias.

There is a most important context here. If one pans back from the most immediate and sensational aspects, such as the issue of Joe Biden, we uncover the unholy void from which his errors crawled.

Can there be any doubt whatsoever that clarity of teaching on the Eucharist has been missing for decades and is needed most desperately in our country at this moment? The shocking Pew Research study of 2019 which found that 7 in 10 Catholics do not believe in transubstantiation and the Real Presence lays bare the gravity of the situation.

Even before the presidential election, Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles had already proposed a plan for “Eucharistic Revival.” Andrew Cozzens, an auxiliary bishop of Minneapolis/St. Paul explained extensively how this will be undertaken, and has discussed the 3-year plan. This plan was also presented at the recent USCCB meeting.

However, the lack of “Eucharistic Coherence” we are facing is not only a matter of teaching, but one of praxis: our actions as a Church, particularly those surrounding the Eucharist, our “source & summit.” Some bishops, such as Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix, whose exhortation “Veneremur Cernui” we covered in a previous post–are already ahead of the curve in their calls for deepening Eucharistic reverence in concrete ways.

Indeed, it might be argued that praxis is the only form of teaching that some people will ever experience, and therefore, in practical terms, the best. We cannot be coherent if we teach one thing on paper but live a different reality. We do not just know the truth intellectually, we experience it and we live it.

Such a coherent praxis includes but goes far beyond forbidding the likely sacrilegious communions of the Bidens and Pelosis and Cuomos. Where it has been communicated that Eucharist is nothing more than a table of gathering at which “all are welcome,” a symbolic meal of friendship and inclusion, we are failing to tell the truth through liturgy. When we do not tell the truth–and, as the saying goes–the whole truth and nothing but the truth, people fail to discern the Body of the Lord. And when people fail to discern the Body of the Lord, a plethora of grave evils occur.

All are invited (and must be, more explicitly to be sure), yet what does our approach of this mystery entail? And why have those with teaching authority failed to communicate this clearly?

Does not the Scripture speak of the King’s great feast, to which some of the guests will not come, and to which others will arrive improperly clothed?

Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22: 10-14

Origen explains:

“The marriage-feast of Christ and the Church is filled, when they who were found by the Apostles, being restored to God, sat down to the feast. But since it behoved that both bad and good should be called, not that the bad should continue bad, but that they should put off the garments unmeet for the wedding, and should put on the marriage garments… mercy and kindness, for this cause the King goes out, that He may see them set down before the supper is set before them, that they may be detained who have the wedding garment in which He is delighted, and that he may condemn the opposite.”

Not a single one of us deserves the supreme gift of Christ in the Eucharist. Yet, we are persons made in the image of God, and He gave us the ability to respond to Him, to accept His grace and to ready ourselves to be sustained by this Bread of Angels. So He can say to us: “Put on your wedding garment.” He can require that we prepare ourselves to become that which we receive, as the Fathers of the Church put it. “The good and bad are called, not that the bad should continue bad, but that they should put off the garments unmeet for the wedding, and should put on the marriage garments.”

There is work interiorly & exteriorly that every communicant must do before approaching the Eucharist. This is part of what we mean when we say we must be “properly disposed” to receive the sacrament.

Our liturgy points us to this reality. There is the sense of the Eucharistic fast: we arrive with empty bellies, signifying that all earthly things are secondary to this sacred act, and that we lay them willingly aside; we are God’s temples. There is the sense of confessing our unworthiness in humility, which we do in the very words of Mass: “Lord, I am not worthy …” There is the sense in which we acknowledge the necessity of reconciliation with God and rest of the Church, also reflected in the Mass in the penitential rite and the sign of peace, to remind us that taking the Eucharist is something that requires genuine unity and integrity. There is the affirmative statement “Amen”— not an empty word, but one which states our full assent to the declaration: “The Body of Christ.”

To acknowledge the absolute primacy of God in our lives, to have gratitude and humility, to practice genuine reconciliation & unity with the Church, to recognize and affirm the Real Presence…without these, we have failed to dress in our wedding garment.

There is some sense of urgency to this. Consider the words of Jesus in John’s Gospel:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Jesus says: “He who believes has eternal life.”

73% of American Catholics do not believe.

He also says, “Unless a man believes, he has no life in him.”

You do the math here.

The media has zeroed in on this whole process within the USCCB as being a partisan attempt to ban certain people from communion.

In reality it is a call to proper Eucharistic formation and to the authentic, consistent praxis that must go with that if we are to tell & live the truth.

Those Catholics who do not recognize the Body of Christ for what it is must be instructed so that they can have the opportunity to believe–which is at the same time opportunity to have eternal life. Those who are presently eating & drinking without discernment of what they do must also be taught, for the same reason, unless we as a Church are happy to watch them eating and drinking their own condemnation.

It is an act of goodness for our shepherds to say: “My friend, how is it that you came here without your wedding garment?”

Already the reaction of pro-abortion Catholic politicians tells you all you need to know about the straits we are in and just how necessary is the work presently at hand.

60 Democrat Catholics in the House of Representatives this week signed the following letter, a long-winded argument for how they, being pro-abortion, are nonetheless promoting the Church’s life ethic:

It is quite remarkable that, in the name of separation of church and state, 60 lawmakers chose to make an intervention at a bishops’ conference with a series of theological propositions and to draw up the same on official Congressional letterhead.

Has a single one of these ostensible scholars of Sacrosanctum Concilium ever read the document? Did they even know it existed before yesterday? We are sure that they must have missed, while poring over Christifideles Laici in their white pantsuits, the entire section entitled “Respecting the Inviolable Right to Life” (as apparently did whatever lefty priest ghostwrote this letter for them).

Let the Red Wolf give you an assist:

 No one, no individual, no group, no authority, no State, can change-let alone eliminate [fundamental human rights] because such rights find their source in God himself.

The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.

The Church has never yielded in the face of all the violations that the right to life of every human being has received, and continues to receive, both from individuals and from those in authority. The human being is entitled to such rights, in every phase of development, from conception until natural death

Christifidelis Laici #38. Emphasis added.

One does truly grieve for the ignorance of Catholic doctrine, and for the culture in the Church that has fostered the intractable spirit displayed here, often closed to the actual content of revelation, yet full of self-importance. What can one say: they are the children of their absent fathers, the bishops who neglected to form them. And now they feel they are unfairly being denied the chance to clink spiritual champagne flutes with the rest of the Church.

We may also look to the more openly hostile, like Congressman Ted Lieu, who went on a tweetstorm that included the following:

This is the type of ugly thinking that occurs when the Church allows Eucharistic incoherence, most especially in its praxis, to reign. Where is the gratitude, the humility, the penitence we are called to, the “Lord, I am not worthy…”? No. It has been replaced with “I flaunt God’s law, and I dare you to stop me.”

Here the Eucharist becomes, not the inestimable gift before which we can do nothing but humbly prostrate ourselves, but an emblem of vanity to which we are entitled, no matter how much we hate and scheme against the teaching of the Church. It becomes the prize of the powerful, the vocal, the apostate. It is the seat, arrogantly claimed at the table, no matter how little we respect the King whose table it is.

We cannot continue like this.

Coherence means things hanging together, fitting as they should with a proper bond. If any bishop cares for Joe Biden or Ted Lieu or any of the rest, he should do what is needful to restore them to grace and truth.

“My friend, how is it that you came here without your wedding garment?”

It is far, far past time for our bishops to ask this question, and to tell the truth about the Eucharist in word and in practice.

It is indeed, as one of our readers noted, time to “AMBROSE UP.”

38 Replies to “Becoming Coherent”

  1. If anyone is interested in our own Bishop’s opinion on these matters, I suggest reading his most recent article in the Catholic Moment (Pravda). The convolutions and contortions that the man goes through to say, in the end, absolutely nothing are remarkable. And the claim that he’s been “leaning into a Eucharistic renewal since 2019 are absolute rubbish. Yeah- the Eucharist wasn’t even mentioned in the first draft of Uniting in Heart…. so much for that lie.

    1. If you think that article is disappointing, check out one his most recent videos (currently 31 views on it) which says:
      -Communion” is about unity with the community not only the host/Christ
      -“Source and summit” just as much about the community at Mass than the host/Christ
      -Road shows and liturgy office stuff about to happen because now we’re livestreaming Masses and have to make ourselves look good and more photogenic, have more hospitality on camera.
      -All of this is relevant because it is part of a local/national discussion we’re having at the moment …and I guess by this he is referring to the conversation which he, personally, joined other bishops in trying to PREVENT from occurring about Eucharistic Coherence.

      It’s so sad actually. It would be disappointing to hear any priest present on the Eucharist and come up with something this empty and soulless. I want to listen to my bishop but I am convinced this approach is the same one that has been pointless for so many decades now and has not convinced people to believe. Jesus is the only thing that matters and His personal presence was like a throwaway in this video.

      In this whole video, title: “Eucharist,”
      God was mentioned 0 times,
      “Jesus” = 0,
      “Real Presence” = 0,
      “Body of Christ” = 0,
      “Christ” = 2 times but both times as part of statement saying the Eucharist was about other things than “just” unity with Christ.

        1. There is nothing faithless clergy can do anymore to disappoint or depress me. They are at rock-bottom in my book; nothing but silly fools and phonies in the fast-lane to hell pretending to be relevant. The Truth has compelled me to pray for them while ignoring their counsel and avoiding them personally. I really don’t have time for these losers anymore. I’ve got a race to run and, with God’s grace, I’m going to faithfully finish!

    2. It was “The Catholic Moment” Triple Crown: 1) Muddled musings of His Excellency. 2) Pushing the retreat center. 3) Gobbledygook about some made up job called Pastorate Consultant.

  2. Any truth to the rumor that the St Joseph $9M Retreat Center is about to be sold? Also that the parcel of land in Lafayette next to the Catholic high school is about to be sold to raise cash?

    Any numbers anyone?

    1. Desperate times….. selling Tipton would be the best thing the Diocese could do. Better that than selling off Parishes. I wonder how they’ll spin the will of the Holy Ghost when that sell that boondoggle?

      1. Who, what, and why would any entity buy that center for anything close to what the Diocese purportedly spent on it?

        1. I bet the farmers surrounding that property would buy it at a discount if they could demolish everything and grow corn on it. It’s probably the only way that property becomes profitable.

          1. And maybe they can plant a corn maze, where if you get to the end successfully, you get to see a line item list of where all our diocesan money went on the project and why anybody thought hemorrhaging our limited $$$ on it for years was a good idea.

    2. I have not heard anything about the center being sold. I did hear that the long-time manager of the center resigned about a month ago after yet one more run in with Fr. Ted. He grew tired of all the micro managing, unreasonable expectations, and trying to keep a place almost nobody uses afloat. He walked out after a terse meeting with Fr. Ted. Gone the same day.

      1. With all the rot and apostasy in the church these days, the trials and tantrums over a retreat center nobody wants to visit almost seem quaint. There are probably some scandal-plagued dioceses out there that would probably love to exchange problems.

      2. I have seen over time a lot of comments on here about Father Ted. Not supportive comments in any way. Maybe this can’t be answered on here, I don’t know but is he that unreasonable? I do not know him and only asked a question to him once in a fireside chat. He answered that question which was difficult with compassion and I thought sincerity. Like I said I do not know him at all but I have sat in the pews at St. Mary in Muncie and listened to his brother Father Andrew who I found to be truthful and caring, I just don’t see how 2 brothers could be so different? I have listed to Father Brian’s homilies too and he seems to care about the salvation of souls too. Am I missing something? I know many on here don’t seem to like the Dudzinskis and I guess think they have to much power? Maybe I just don’t know what is going on. I am lost. I am being sincere in this not faulting anyone who has said anything. I just don’t understand.

        1. He is a wonderful preacher at the pulpit. Ask the many at Saint Joan of Arc and the Diocesan offices who left what kind of manager he is. Count the bodies who have departed.

          1. Thank you all for your answers. I am sure you know more about this than I do. Sometimes I trust too easily.

  3. The note by Ted Lieu is quite revealing. The enemy’s camp is advancing. They are becoming bolder. The arrogant, swollen pride is palpable. And is it any wonder why? The demonic-influenced “I dare you to deny me communion” says all you need to know about how effective the “new evangelization” has been over the last 50+ years for way too many “Catholics”. To those who doubt that what the Church really needs is to get back to the basics of Her Tradition, I give you Ted Lieu; A true child of error.

    Ted Lieu’s threat strikes at the heart of what so many bishops today fear most: Losing Caesar’s favor. And his dare is more of a command than a threat, like a master bellowing to his beaten dog. For that is what the bishops have made of themselves in their inactions, their accommodations, and their love of money. In abdicating their authority where it matters, they have become little more than Caesar’s pets, all the while withholding the truths of the faith from the sheep and punishing any clergy that might upset the established order. It’s sickening. All of it. Ambrose-Up, indeed!

    I don’t know why God has permitted Christ’s Holy Bride to sink to such a low state. But unless Christ comes again soon and puts a stop to all this, the only remedy I see is for the Church to become poor again. Her current institutional form and the shepherds She produces behave more like a bloated, failing corporation than the spiritual battlefield-hospital She was meant to be: saving, sanctifying, feeding souls, and returning them to the fight while glorifying Her Lord and boldly proclaiming “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus!”

    Our current shepherds may not believe that outside the Church, there is no salvation. But that does not make it so. Perhaps by becoming a poor Church again, She will shed Her opportunistic, greedy shepherds, nurture true shepherds, and speak all the more clearly to souls that have had their fill of this world and its illusions. Perhaps She will return to the battlefield after true shepherds unshackle Her from worldliness, unafraid of losing Caesar’s favor. A Church like that, with the winds of grace at her back, would be unstoppable! She could bring down pagan empires again, civilize the world again, and even make a faithful Catholic out of Ted Lieu.

    Come, Lord Jesus!

  4. Good article. I am thankful that many of the US Bishops are waking up to their responsibility to not only protect our Lord from sacrilege, but also to call the sinner back to repentance before receiving the Holy Eucharist.

    Here is an excellent homily from Fr. Jeffrey Kirby on this very subject ( He says all that needs to be said so much better than I possibly could and believe me he nails this topic. Viva Christo Rey!

  5. Cardinal Tobin seems to be the “go-to” guy if you want something tabled. Don’t forget, our former Hoosier cardinal is in-part responsible for the tabling of a final decision of the Jesuit high school’s appeal of Archbishop Thompson’s instructions removing their Catholic identity as they promoted a teacher’s remaining at The school while in an open homosexual civil “marriage”. I shudder to think what his personal judgement is going to look like when he goes in front of Jesus. It’s past time to repent bishops and cardinals.

    1. And the insanity continues, “Cardinal Tobin of Newark Appointed Member of Vatican’s Highest Court”. Rev. 17 is sure looking interesting about now. Prepare your souls, and fasten your seat belts.

  6. Is there any way to see which Bishops voted for what? I’d be very interested to know which way our Bishop voted.

    1. Unless some fed-up staffer on the inside discloses the vote, it’s doubtful we’ll know who voted how.

      But, honestly, our bishop is easy to predict. He’s consistently on the wrong side.

  7. It is all about money and power
    Bishops are losing their power as more laity and priests ignore them.
    They are receiving less money, just look at the recent financials for UinH for Lafayette Diocese
    Yes we do need to support worthwhile charities, but directly not thru the bishop
    Bishop takes a percent of every dollar that goes thru the chancery.
    Pick your charity and donate directly.
    Donate to your parish debt, school, or to maintenance specifically. Currently these moneys are not taxed by bishop.
    Support seminarians directly as money donated for seminarians go through the diocese do not go to seminarians. The money goes to the “bishops pot” and only a lesser percentage of the pot goes to seminarians.
    Bishops only understand money loss and parishioner decline, although I am not sure they get it.
    Also be aware that Bishop D. is from Rockford Illinois, part the corrupt Chicago diocese and corrupt and liberal Cdl Cuprich.

  8. At a recent “formation”meeting…

    Diocesan Cheerleader: “If you don’t support the bishop in Uniting in Heart how are you any different than Nancy Pelosi?”

    My husband who has finally had enough: “If you can’t understand the difference, you shouldn’t be up there trying to lead this meeting. I will never miss Mass, but not one more minute wasted on this pointless program. Oh, and by the way, I’m re-directing my tithe to the Dominican Sisters of Nashville Tennessee.”

    Me to fearless spouse: “I’ll put the champagne on ice as soon as we get home.”

    1. My pastor called us the other night and said he hasn’t seen us lately.

      I told him we’re currently crossing the border to another diocese on Sundays. He said he supports us and invited us to dinner.

      He also gave us some ideas of Catholic groups to send our $$$ instead of the Missionary Appeal.

      Ask your pastor. He might feel just like ours!

    2. Wow, these “formation” meetings are sounding like some sort of cult-initiation. The “leaders” immediately go defensive when any opposition is detected, and then the name-calling, belittling, and threats begins. People with psyches this fragile have no business running anything in the church. Heck, I wouldn’t even let people like this watch my dog! They’d probably brow-beat the poor thing, calling him “bad-dog” all the time, until he’s nothing but a twitching, traumatized ball of fur.

      Work out your childhood traumas and adult disappointments on someone else’s dime! I’m done feeding this beast! Tithe officially redirected!

  9. It is beyond tragic that our own bishop has thrown his lot in with the faithless Judas-shepherds (by virtue of his signature on the letter advising against writing a statement). This truly has degenerated into a situation where, if we laity don’t stand up and defend our faith, no one will. We’re on our own. Luckily we’ve been here before. The covid church closures taught us a few things about what to do when your shepherds abandon you: Pray ceaselessly, deprive them of money, frustrate their stupid plans, expose their hypocrisy, pray ceaselessly, frequent the sacraments when and wherever they are reverently offered (even if you have to drive far), and pray ceaselessly.

    I’m sorry, your “excellency”, but I want to get to Heaven. That you give, in your actions and inactions, seemingly every indication of not caring where my soul spends eternity is your problem, not mine. I will pray for you, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    – John 14:18

  10. How can we look up to these so-called shepherds of our Church? How can our faithful priests and religious look up to these so-called shepherds of our Church? Faithful priests all over our country are being persecuted by these so-called shepherds of our Church. We must pray, stand up for our faith, protect our faithful priests, and withhold our money.

  11. It is time for us to Ambrose up. Outstanding message. We can no longer sit idly by and allow our bishops and priests to accept these assaults against the Body of Christ. It injures his most sacred heart and the laity must rise up and speak up.


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