In his Sept. 10 article “Perpetual eucharistic adoration” published in the Opinions section of The Catholic Messenger, Father Richard McBrien negates the literal (“they have been changed sacramentally, not literally…”) presence of Christ in the Eucharist, while concluding, “Eucharistic adoration, perpetual or not, is a doctrinal, theological and spiritual step backward, not forward.”
The Catechism, quoting Pope John Paul II in Dominicae cenae, states, “The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.” (CCC #1380)
Let us all go to our Lord in eucharistic adoration to make amends for, and ask pardon for, the serious offense Fr. McBrien has given via his misleading blend of theological half-truths. While there, let us also pray for our bishop, that he find the time to make certain that such articles don’t find their way into his newspaper, and consequently, into the hearts and minds of his flock.