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Wha?!? Methodists to offer online communion? October 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, Eucharist, foolishness, General Catholic, pr stunts, sadness, scandals, silliness.
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I know it’s just a symbol to them, but isn’t this taking things a bit too far?  Are they that desperate for participation (answer: yes).  How ludicrously low can you set expectations? (answer: endlessly).  And low much can you trivialize what should be sacred?

As online worship becomes more common in some churches, leaders within the United Methodist Church are debating whether the denomination should condone online Communion.

About 30 denominational leaders met last week after Central United Methodist Church in Concord, N.C., announced plans to launch an online campus that potentially would offer online Communion.  Some nondenominational churches already offer online Communion, according to United Methodist News Service, but leaders urged the denomination’s bishops to call for a moratorium on the practice and do further study of online ministries.

The majority of the leaders agreed with the statement that Communion “entails the actual tactile sharing of bread and wine [in my experience, it was grape juice. I believe that is rather common] in a service that involves people corporeally together in the same place.” Not everyone, however, agreed that congregants must be in the same place.

The debate raises fundamental questions at the heart of the church experience: the definition of community, individual participation, the role of tradition and basic theological understandings of the meaning of Communion.[Well, Methodists are very clear, they view “communion” as a symbol of many things.  They do not comprehend the Blessed Sacrament, nor could they validly confect it if they did.]

United Methodists practice open Communion, meaning all who worship are invited to partake. Many churches celebrate Communion once a month, though each church decides how often to serve it.

A move towards accepting online Communion might be inevitable in some quarters, given the denomination’s history, says Mark Tooley, a Methodist who is president of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy.

“Methodists have a long history of pragmatism, which might make them a little more susceptible,” Tooley said.

Boy, without being too insensitive, that’s the understatement of the year.  In the notes of Haydock’s Study Bible, he spends a great deal of time excoriating methodism, John Wesley, and his followers. Apparently, their behavior was quite scandalous and immoral in late 17th century and early 19th century Englad – about the time Fr. Haydock wrote his book.  Orgies and things like that, enormously deformed theology, etc.  But I guess in a certain way, that’s being pragmatic…….

Methodism, like all mainline protestant sects, is in grave decline, a decline that makes the Cathoilc Church look comparitively vigorous. All, lacking any true Authority, have gone fully over to modernist liberalism trending rapidly towards out and out materialist paganism.  Not that we Catholics can exactly brag, but from personal experience, I can relate that mainline protestant sects are a mess.  They seem to be in a race trying to outdo each other for secular accolades.  It’s sad, in a way, but also a great opportunity to help find their ways to Holy Mother Church.  That should be a daily part of our prayer intentions, praying for the conversion of all non-Catholics.