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Real Presence (letter)

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 Contents - Aug 2005AD2000 August 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: opportunity for bishops to take control - Michael Gilchrsit
What the Church can teach the secular world - Archbishp Barry Hickey
News: The Church Around the World
Campus Life: Cardinal Pell's program for a Catholic culture at Sydney's universities - Stephen Lawrence
International poll underlines growing secularist challenge - Michael Gilchrist
Media: Our Lord's name: responding to media blasphemy - Andre Van Der Linden
Feminist translation: Inclusive language and the Trinity: the latest from Brisbane - Michael Apthorp
Benedict XVI's pontificate: the possibilities - Damian Thompson
London's Balham parish, 'an icon of liturgical hope' - Joanna Bogle
John Paul II: a Jewish appreciation
Anglican update: an orthodox fight-back - Fr Christopher Seton
Letters: Dissenter's manifesto (letter) - Imelda Aslett
Letters: Origins of the Bible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Lay-led liturgies (letters) - M.T. Kennedy
Letters: An Islamic Holland? (letter) - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Sacrifice (letter) - M.A. Ross
Letters: Abortion breast cancer link (letter) - Dr Tim Coyle
Letters: Real Presence (letter) - John Schmid
Letters: Small Catechisms available (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Stem cells (letter) - Brian Harris
Letters: Government review of RE in State Schools (letter) - Maureen Federico
Letters: Brisbane Archbishop bans weekday Latin Mass (letter) - Tom King
Letters: The Mass (letter)
Letters: Appreciation from Nepal (letter)
Poetry: A Heavenly Surprise
Books: More Catholic Than the Pope, by Patrick Madrid and Pete Vere - Fr Glen Tattersal FSSP (reviewer)
Books: More Good Reading from AD Books
Reflection: How we will overcome the shortage of priests - Fr John O'Neill PP

The May AD2000 cited figures for belief in the Eucharist being truly the Body and Blood of Christ. Only 46 per cent of 15-17-year-old mass attenders accepted this doctrine - 54 per cent did not.

Worse was the figure of only 81 per cent (19 per cent not believing) for those who should have received a sound catechesis and hence should have known better. The 15-17-year- olds may not have known any better due to faulty catechesis.

These figures seem to go hand in hand with lack of reverence and a suitable thanksgiving after Holy Communion which is so prevalent these days. The Real Presence is treated as if a piece of "blessed bread" was merely involved.

For those who really believe that the Eucharist is the Body and Blood of Christ, Pope Pius XII's encyclical Mediator Dei provides a reminder that a suitable thanksgiving should be made after Mass:

"When the Mass, which is subject to special rules of the liturgy, is over, the person who has received Holy Communion is not thereby freed from his duty of thanksgiving; rather, it is most becoming that, when the Mass is finished, the person who has received the Eucharist should recollect himself, and in intimate union with The Divine Master hold loving and fruitful converse with Him.

"Hence they have departed from the straight way of truth, who, adhering to the letter rather than the sense, assert and teach that when Mass has ended no such thanksgiving should be added, not only because the Mass is itself a thanksgiving, but also because this pertains to a private and personal act of piety and not to the good of the community."

JOHN SCHMID
Boronia, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 7 (August 2005), p. 16

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