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To: kosta50

Well you can judge a parish by how many people don’t go up for communion. Gratefully, we have a sizable minority who simply kneel and pray-they know full well they must not be in a state of mortal sin to receive. If you’re not going to confession every two weeks at least, you’re lying to yourself and to God. I see it in those suburban parishes with their systematic row by row pew emptying and extraordinary “minister” roll call. As if 100% of parishioners are in a state of grace at any one time. Right. I lay the blame on our de facto heretical mini-magisteriums (aka National Bishops Conferences, the perfect place for liberal clergy to attack the Church without consequence.


72 posted on 08/26/2008 6:26:02 PM PDT by Antioch (Benedikt Gott Geschickt)
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To: Antioch
Well you can judge a parish by how many people don’t go up for communion

In a way, yes, absolutely.

Gratefully, we have a sizable minority who simply kneel and pray-they know full well they must not be in a state of mortal sin to receive

Thanks God! and may He keep such orthodox community in His grace.

If you’re not going to confession every two weeks at least, you’re lying to yourself and to God

As my priest said to someone: "If you have nothing to confess, then you don't need the Eucharist!"

I see it in those suburban parishes with their systematic row by row pew emptying and extraordinary “minister” roll call.

It's shocking! You will see it in urban Orthodox churches as well! You won't see it in those ethnocentric, old-country churches, such as Russian, Serbian, etc. or in monasteries. You will also notice more women who are covered in church then in those urban ones (it's that urban "pride" you know).

As if 100% of parishioners are in a state of grace at any one time. Right. I lay the blame on our de facto heretical mini-magisteriums

The priests are under pressure to keep parishioners; it's a numbers game. And bishops are foremost in exerting such pressure as if quantity and not quality is what matters.

73 posted on 08/26/2008 7:30:17 PM PDT by kosta50 (Eastern Orthodoxy is pure Christianity)
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