French Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes said while eucharistic adoration has become very popular in France there were some dangers. He said adoration risked becoming too individualistic a practice in which the person could lose a sense of the church as a spiritual community.
Um...Bishop, faith is individual. The community starts with the individual. This is one of the ways in which God speaks to us individually.
He also warned that with eucharistic adoration "there is an absence of words." The church must make sure young people understand their faith and can express that faith, he said.
IF they didn't have faith, they would be at adoration. And the silence is wonderful in a world where noise is the noem 24/7.
He also said eucharistic adoration could lead to a neglect "of the other different ways the risen Christ has real presence."
Oh, for Heaven's sake. I wonder what his other excuses are.
Um...Bishop, faith is individual. The community starts with the individual. This is one of the ways in which God speaks to us individually.Pope Benedict XVI actually address this in Introduction to Christianity where he says:
The primacy of the word means that faith is focused on community of mind in a quite different way from philosophical thinking. In philosophy, what comes first is the private search for truth, which then, secondarily, seeks and finds traveling companions. Faith, on the other is, first of all a call to community, to unity of mind through the unity of the word. Indeed its significance is, a priori, an essentially social one: it aims at establishing unity of mind throught the unity of the word. Only secondarily will it then open the way for each individual's private venture in the search of truth. (Introduction to Christianity, The Ecclesiastical Form of Faith, p. 93)I believe this is what Bp. Perrier may be alluding to. The Holy Father made unexpected remarks yesterday when he sensed that there was a false dichotomy being set up between "sacrifice" and "communal" aspects of the Eucharist. Having come out of the Anglican experience where "sacrifice" is paid lip service in preponderance for the "communal" aspect (thus open communion), I can certainly appreciate the discussion. I think the Bishop is earnest in his concerns speaking to a generation of young people raised to be individualistic, certainly to a culture that sees faith as private.
Did you see this thread?
"Father Constantine also disclosed that Benedict XVI has decided to propose an hour of Eucharistic adoration in St. Peter's Basilica. The adoration will be led by the Holy Father himself on Monday, Oct. 17, from 5-6 p.m."
Marshmallow, I wonder if Bishop Lynch will go, or will make up some excuse not to? We should pray for him on Monday. That would be around lunch time here in the states?
Dedemona, how can such an unbelieving person become the Bishop of Lourdes - of all places?! You'd think the Bishop there would be even more holy. His attitude is so negative "things could happen," "might happen," etc. He's just making up excuses for why he doesn't want to do it.
I'm glad our Holy Father is doing this. It might separate the wheat from the chaff ...
The Bishop seems to be confusing Eucharistic Adoration with a solid catechesis program for young people.
The Church has a place for both of these practices.