“If we make a big deal about it, matters might become worse, look at how Bill Donohue’s involvement has fueled this crisis.” Such was the response of one churchman when queried about the silence from the Church’s shepherds in the face of the desecration challenge by P.Z. Myers and the copy cats after Cooks pilfered a consecrated host. However, such passivity has apparently done little or nothing to stop or slow down the continuing fad by angry atheists and fallen-away Catholics to steal and defile the Eucharist. There is no reasoning with these people. They spout rhetoric about science and reason but are all about anger and retribution. Certain atheists are using this anger to assault the Church.
What are the offenders upset about? The topics range from Church hypocrisy and child abuse to dissent upon matters like homosexuality and condom use. The reasons vary, but the evil effects are the same. Christians are ridiculed as “cracker worshippers” and the central mystery of the Catholic faith is directly assaulted.
These acts of sacrilege, like arrows, fly through the centuries and afflict Christ’s sacred heart in his passion and on the cross. While the risen Christ can neither suffer nor die again, his sacrament of love can be maligned and desecrated. The substance behind the accidents or appearances, remains unscathed by misdeeds. It is for this reason that my greatest sadness is for the perpetrators. I grieve that they do not have the gift of faith.
I am saddened that they would resort to hurtful and disrespectful methods instead of dialogue to get their message across. Acts of religious terrorism hurt innocent people of faith, the ones who rightly love the Lord and adore him in the Blessed Sacrament. These atheist rascals do not seem to care about this.
I have been wondering lately if our passivity toward pro-abortion politicians and other celebrities who seek communion might have set the stage for the current predicament. By allowing them to receive, we have tolerated a “spiritual” blasphemy or sacrilege. Those who enable and/or promote and/or receive financial gain from the slaughter of children are honored in Catholic circles and are given Holy Communion. Giving the bread of life to the chief movers and shakers of the culture of death, largely out of a fear of political retaliation but also to preserve a shallow or artificial peace, may be even worse than the “material” desecration of the Eucharist that we are now witnessing. In the case of pro-abortionists, we have people who claim to believe but seem to have no fear of God or of his judgment. In the latest situation, we have true and not simply practical atheists, who violate the basic meaning of the sacrament because they do not believe it is anything but a wafer of wheat.
Why is it that silence and passivity so often rule the day in the Church? We see it in these issues around the Eucharist and in the treatment of rogue clergy, heretical teachers and pedophiles. We are desperately afraid of scandal and are always about damage control. And yet, such an attitude in itself can be scandalous.