I grew up Lutheran. I was admitted to Catholic Communion because I said publicly that I believed what the Catholic Church teaches. | Fr. Z’s Blog

I grew up Lutheran. It is of constant consternation and amazement to me that I have had to fight with Catholics over what the Catholic Church teaches about the Eucharist. I have met Lutherans who believe more about the Eucharist than a few of my seminary profs. I am not exaggerating.As things rev up toward 2017 and the Lutherfest, much about Catholic Lutheran dialogue will be in the offing. You will read lots of blah blah about…….intercommunion.I say YES! I want intercommunion, too!I want intercommunion between Catholics and former Lutheran converts to Catholicism.Also, before everyone out there gets their underthings in a twist, I said “blah blah”. Mark my words. A lot of the blah blah about how wonderful we all are together in this warm envelope of fraternal dialogue and sky-filled fellowship of sharing with open-hearts and arms for the sake of the unity of Christians in one hope of charity which propels us forward, ever forward, to the heights despite our historic differences, with eyes and hearts fixed first on not on what separates but what brings together in the unity of united unitors united but not-yet-fully-unified…. yes… I can write ecumenical documents for hours … A lot of the blah blah is really blah blah. Everyone knows that it is blah blah. We all smile at the blah. And we hope for more, rich, deeper sharing from the now heaped up blah in the future, for the sake of… okay, I’m doing it again…When I became a Catholic, I knelt in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed and in Latin declared (grad school classical languages major that I was) aloud with many witnesses in a public rite: I accept and hold in each and every part all that has been defined and declared by the Sacred Council of Trent concerning original sin and justification. I profess that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, real, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead; that in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present, and that there takes place in the Mass what the Church calls transubstantiation, which is the change of all the substance of bread into the body of Christ and of all substance of wine into His blood. I confess also that in receiving under either of these species one receives Jesus Christ whole and entire.I professed that and became, formally, a Catholic because I had come to believe it, through an intellectual and affective conversion. Only then was I admitted to Holy Communion.Lutherans don’t believe what Catholics believe about the Eucharist. I had to – formally – adhere to Catholic dogma. I had to – formally – leave heresy, though I had left it a long time before. I was admitted to Catholic Communion, and to the Catholic Communion, because I said publicly that I believed what the Church teaches.Might I add an anecdote?Once upon a time, I was sent to attend as a Catholic representative an ecumenical Thanksgiving Breakfast. Yes.. as you spit your beverage on the screen. I… I… was sent. Upon my entry, a young Lutheran pastor planted himself in front of me and said, “Are you the priest at St. Raphael who won’t give Communion to non-Catholics?” “I am”, quoth I. “THANK YOU!”, said he. He continued, “We don’t have intercommunion among Lutherans!” “I know!”, I responded. “I used to be one of you!” We sat together and had a great breakfast. It was founded on honesty. We didn’t gloss over anything. We didn’t pretend that there were differences.I saw this at LifeSite: ZAGREB, Croatia, October 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It is “irreformable” dogma of the Catholic Church that only those who believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in the consecrated bread and wine are able to receive Holy Communion, stated Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Vatican cardinal said that St. Paul makes it clear that unless the person receiving recognizes the body of Christ, he “eats condemnation to himself.” “This is a sacrilege. This is among the gravest of sins,” he said. The cardinal was responding to a question on intercommunion with other Christian denominations asked by LifeSiteNews’ John-Henry Westen during the October 23 launch of the Croatian version of the cardinal’s book on the Eucharist in Zagreb, Croatia. “No one can approach to receive the Holy Eucharist unless he believes that the host that he is receiving — even though it looks like bread, tastes like bread, and smells like bread — is in reality the body and blood of Christ. Only that person who believes in this way can approach the Blessed Sacrament, can approach to receive Holy Communion,” he stated. […]I was thrown out of my seminary by the prof who, in class, explicitly denied the Church’s teaching on transubstantiation. I fought him in class when he stated that “no real change takes place”.Shall I tell you about it? It was a matter of great personal suffering.This heretic stated in class that when the “ordain

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