21 February 2018

Our Lord is Really and Substantially Present in the Blessed Sacrament– He Deserves Our Worship

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Here is a recent photo of Francis standing before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. This is not a new phenomenon, we have seen this before. Just as we have seen him not genuflect before the Host on the altar at Mass.

Now, before anyone says it, I will: we should not jump to rash judgment about anyone, particularly the pope. Maybe he is unable to kneel, though we have often seen him kneeling in other contexts, most infamously washing the feet of women and muslims on Holy Thursday.  OK, let’s assume he is unable to kneel. If so, in order to avoid the grave scandal this engenders there should by a press release by the Holy See stating a condition that does not allow him to kneel in front of his Lord, for the good of the simple faithful if for no other reason. Furthermore, even if he could not kneel, he should bow before the Sacrament and make other acts showing worship as he can, and often.

Because if he can kneel, and yet doesn’t, what message does this convey? Some possibilities: 1) He does not believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist; 2) He believes in the Real Presence generally, but that hosts consecrated in the new rite aren’t actually effectively consecrated, and he does not wish to commit idolatry (let’s call this doubtful); 3) He believes in the Real Presence and that he is in the presence of God but that God is his equal and so he doesn’t need to kneel; or, 4) He believes in the Real Presence and that he is in the presence of God and wishes to openly show Him scorn.

Perhaps there are other possibilities, and in the name of justice and charity I invite you to supply one that lets him off the hook.

Because this looks bad. No, this IS bad.


chantgirl said...

I'm all for showing respect to the Pope, unless he is disrespecting Christ.

I cannot respect a man who disrespects Christ.

Long-Skirts said...


Man won't kneel --
Daily to pray
But lift his hands
To applaud and play.

Man won't kneel --
Examine acts dead
But perform for himself
For himself bow his head.

Man won't kneel --
Emotes bad behavior
No matter reviews
The director's his savior.

Man won't kneel --
He's the star, can't fail...
So the prop-man struck
The Communion rail.

AMalek said...

Pope Francis refuses to kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because he hates Christ and his Church. Isn’t this obvious by now?

Mark Shea said...

The man has sciatica. Charitable Christians are reasonable about a man whose physical condition makes kneeling impossible. Malice-filled enemies of the Church act as you do to poison the faithful against the Holy Father. Shame on you.

You will not, of course, allow this to be published. But you know what I said.

God sees you.

thetimman said...

The late, great Mark Shea. I don't blame you for not reading this site regularly, but it's almost as though you know I am powerless in the face of reverse psychology!

Please go ahead and actually read the post this time-- and see how I wrote "...let's assume he is unable to kneel."
And then I suggested some ways the Vatican could handle it to minimize scandal. Or don't bother. You have really imploded, and I think it's sad.

I suggest some time away from the internet, sir. Maybe some time with the Blessed Sacrament.