Sunday, August 7, 2011

Pray Tell: Blasphemous Post on a Monk's Website

Recently, a friend notified me of a website Pray Tell. Since I have not been too attentive to this blog I asked him to guest write a post which I now post below.

By Bruce Tereski:

On August 2, 2011, Richard Giles posted a story titled: "Food from the Cupboard"
on Fr. Anthony Ruff's blog called Pray Tell:

The title of the post itself is utter blasphemy because the author, Richard Giles, is referring to the Blessed Sacrament.
Apparently, he attended Mass somewhere in Germany. Everything was to his liking until Communion time when the priest went to the tabernacle to retrieve the the Blessed Sacrament for distribution.

The author states:

"Could it even have been a residual desire to proclaim that the Blessed Sacrament, as objective reality, is always in itself more significant than the liturgical event which gives it birth, and in which that group of people had been called to participate that evening?

It seemed as if the assembly that night were like a group of people invited to a friend’s house for a meal, only to find that their host, after treating himself to the newly prepared food, went to the cupboard to find some leftovers for his guests.

Of course analogies will take us only so far, and yet I came away from that church feeling something was not quite right, that in this small but significant act the spirit of the reforms flowing from Vatican II had somehow been lost. When it came to the moment of sharing the great gift of God, priest and people had withdrawn to their respective domains, and were both impoverished thereby."

This man, obviously supported by Pray Tell which hosts his post, elevates subjective feelings of unity over the objective fact that Christ is really and truly present in the most Holy Eucharist. He and others received Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity and yet he claims they were "impoverished!"

I, Bruce Tereski, posted a response. I did not point out the blasphemy of the comparison as if Christ in the tabernacle is some kind of "leftover" inferior to or somehow distinct from Christ present upon the altar.

I merely asked why sentimental subjectivism and symbolism were being raised above reality. However, Pray Tell, with its dissenter agenda did not like my comment. So, as typical leftist tyrants they defined it out of existence as Stalin did to Trotsky.

However, because the blog like some mushy comment by another responding to me, part of my comment was perserved thanks to #119 (on Sunday, Aug. 7) by Julie Heath Elliott on August 5, 2011 - 11:50 pm. She wrote:

This is a reply to Bruce Tereski at #105.

He states: “Why would any Catholic elevate subjective sentimentality of ‘feeling’ united and symbolism of Host consecrated at ‘this’ Mass over the reality of Christ’s presence?”

Even a later commentator #122 by Tom Poelker on August 6, 2011 - 4:29 pm noticed the erased post. Noting Julie Heath Elliott's response, he wrote:

What is happening here? Both of these #105?
I can find no Bruce Tereski comment above this “reply” to him.

In fact, in #124 Tom Poelker on August 7, 2011 - 1:51 pm asks again:

But where is the Bruce Tereski post?

I grant that a blogger has a right to erase comments.
But, a blogger who pretends to be Catholic should neither promote blasphemy nor dissent.
My comment was erased because it challenged the blog's warped theology.

Sadly, Pray Tell has an agenda, and its agenda is not the Church's.
It continually pushes the envelope in the name of Vatican II. In the blasphemous post named above, it dares to make the analogy of the Blessed Sacrament as old food in a cupboard and the disappointment in eating leftovers. Such an analogy betrays faithlessness in Christ's Real Presence.

Jesus Christ is really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The Mass is a sacrifice and act of thanksgiving only because Christ is present in the Eucharist. Moreover, it is Christ who is received as Holy Communion because only He can effect effect Communion.

I do not deny the symbolism of receiving Hosts consecrated at the same Mass. I do not deny the GIRM encourages (but does not mandate) consecrating new breads at each Mass for the faithful. However, when a so-called Catholic blog, run by a monk with an animosity against ICEL (in any case shouldn't monks be praying rather than blogging???), downplays the significance of the real presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist in favor of liturgical action, then there is a serious problem.


Anonymous said...

That blog is filled with modernist drivel. A recent post
had this statement:

"...what really matters, namely the grace-filled encounter with the real presence of God among God’s people and especially in bread and wine."

This is not Catholic. It declares God's "real presence" is in the people, but "especially" "in bread and wine."

It confuses Christ's various types presences in the liturgy. (And is allowed to stand as is by Pray Tell.)

It claims the real presence is "in bread and wine."

For a blog that considers itself so concerned with language, one would expect more theological precision - at least to represent the Catholic faith.

Anonymous said...

Apparently, Fr. Ruff likes to be considered a "liberal" and radical like Fr. Roy Bourgeois.

On his post:

Someone commented:

#8 by Sandi Brough on August 9, 2011 - 6:07 pm
As far as I can tell, the only punctuation that needs fixing is an exclamation point instead of the period. Maybe we don’t need a “Tahrir Square” at the Vatican, but a Winter Palace or a Tet Offensive. God, send us more progressive priests like Roy Bourgeois and Anthony Ruff! There’s still time for an October Revolution before the evils of November.

Ruff has still not erased this comment or protested his fidelity to the Magisterium.

Teddy said...