Bishop Athanasius Schneider: We Are In The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church!

Progressives, Collaborating With A “New Paganism” Are Driving The Church Towards A Split.

By Sarah Atkinson, Catholic Herald.co.uk

The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church

Liberals, collaborating with the “new paganism”, are driving the Catholic Church towards a split, according to Bishop stmichaelLAthanasius Schneider, the liturgical specialist who is carrying on a rearguard fight against “abuses” in the Church.

So serious are the problems, Bishop Schneider said in an interview last week, that this is the fourth great crisis in the history of the Church, comparable to the fourth-century Arian heresy in which a large part of the Church hierarchy was implicated.

If you have not heard of the Soviet-born bishop, you will. The sincere, scholarly clergyman is auxiliary bishop of the distant Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan. But this month he has received a rock star welcome from congregations across the country on his tour of England and he has embraced cyberspace to put over a trenchant, traditional defence of the Church. “Thanks be to God, the internet exists,” he said.

His views are not popular with everyone, especially not some of his liberal colleagues, or, he says, with the mainstream media of the secular world. But his audiences tell another story.

Vatican II Documents Need Clarification

Bishop Schneider is best known for arguing that Holy Communion should be received on the tongue while kneeling, which he insists is the more efficient way to foster respect for the Sacrament and to prevent abuse of the Sacred Hosts. The 53-year-old bishop has called also for clarification (a new Syllabus of Errors), aimed at the clergy, to put a stop to liturgical and doctrinal freewheeling on a range of issues in the “spirit of Vatican II”.

In his interview, Bishop Schneider said the “banal” and casual treatment of the Blessed Sacrament is part of a major crisis in the Church in which some laity and clergy, including some in positions of authority, are siding with secular society. At the heart of the problems, he believes, is the creeping introduction of a man-centred agenda, while in some churches God, in the tabernacle, really is materially put in a corner, while the priest takes centre stage. Bishop Schneider argued that this situation is now coming to a head. “I would say, we are in the fourth great crisis [of the Church], in a tremendous confusion over doctrine and liturgy. We have already been in this for 50 years.”

How long will it last?

 “Perhaps God will be merciful to us in 20 or 30 years.”

In the autumn, the synod of bishops will meet in extraordinary session to discuss the family, in the light of the questionnaire which Pope Francis invited the faithful to complete, giving their views on marriage and sexuality. Expectations are growing that rules will be relaxed on a range of sexual matters and in terms of divorced people receiving Communion as a sign of “mercy” from the Church.

The Greatest Evil:  Clergy Putting Themselves At The Center Of The Liturgy!

Such views, according to Bishop Schneider, reveal the depth of the problem. “I think this issue of the reception of Holy Communion by the remarried will blow up and show the real crisis in the Church. The real crisis of the Church is anthropocentrism and the forgetting of Christo-centrism…

“This is the deepest evil: man, or the clergy, putting themselves in the center when they are celebrating liturgy and when they change the revealed truth of God, for instance, concerning the Sixth Commandment and human sexuality.”

Although he says talk of change is mainly coming from “the anti-Christian media”, he sees clergy and lay Catholics “collaborating” with what he calls the new paganism. Bishop Schneider is particularly critical of the idea that these changes should be made so as to be merciful to those currently barred from receiving the Sacraments. “[This is] a kind of sophism,” he said. “This is not mercy, this is cruel.”

He suggested this was “a false concept of mercy”, saying: “It is comparable to a doctor who gives a [diabetic] patient sugar, although he knows it will kill him.”

The bishop believes there are clear parallels with great crises of the past, when leading clergymen were complicit with heresies. In the Arian heresy, he said, naming them on his fingers, only a handful of the hierarchy resisted. “We [Christians] are a minority. We are surrounded by a very cruel pagan world. The temptation and challenge of today can be compared with the first centuries.”

He added: “Unfortunately there were … members of the clergy and even bishops who put grains of incense in front of the statue of the emperor or of a pagan idol or who delivered the books of the Holy Scripture to be burned. Such collaborationist Christians and clerics were called in those times thurificati or traditores.”

And today, he maintained, we also have those who collaborate, our “traitors of the Faith”.

Pope Francis Has Taught Beautiful Catholic Doctrine In His Official Homilies

Pope Francis is perceived to be at the forefront of a new liberal attitude coming from Rome. But Bishop Schneider says: “Thanks be to God, Pope Francis has not expressed himself in these ways that the mass media expect from him. He has spoken until now, in his official homilies, very beautiful Catholic doctrine. I hope he will continue to teach in a very clear manner the Catholic doctrine.”

The bishop said he hopes “the majority of the bishops still have enough Catholic spirit and faith that they will reject the proposal and not accept this”.

A Coming Split?

Nevertheless, he can foresee a split coming, leading to an eventual renewal of the Church on traditional lines. But, he believes, this will not be before the crisis has plunged the Church further into disarray. Eventually, he thinks, the “anthropocentric” [man-centred] clerical system will collapse. “This liberal clerical edifice will crash down because they have no roots and no fruits,” he said.

In the turmoil, Bishop Schneider, fears traditional Catholics may, for a time, be persecuted or discriminated against, even at the behest of those who have “power in the exterior structures of the Church”. But he believes those involved with the “heresy” will “not prevail against the Church”. And, in hope, the bishop said: “The Supreme Magisterium will surely issue an unequivocal doctrinal statement, rejecting any collaboration with the neo-pagan ideas.”

At this point, Bishop Schneider believes, the modern thurificati et traditores will leave the Church. “I can presume that such a separation will affect each level of Catholics: lay people and even not
excluding the high clergy,” he said.

Such comments are unlikely to win Bishop Schneider popularity in some circles, but he argues: “It is quite insignificant to be popular or unpopular. For every member of the clergy, their first interest should be to be popular in the eyes of God and not in the eyes of today or of the powerful. Jesus said a warning: ‘Woe to you when people speak well of you.’”

Great Saints Have Rejected Popularity In Favor Of Truth

He added: “Popularity is false… Great saints of the Church, such as Thomas More and John Fisher, rejected popularity… those today who are worried about the popularity of the mass media and public opinion… will be remembered as cowards and not as heroes of the Faith.”

Bishop Schneider observes ruefully that there are many whose views coincide with those of the pagan world who “declare themselves Catholics and even faithful to the Pope”, while “those who are faithful to the Catholic faith or those who are promoting the glory of Christ in the liturgy” are labeled extremists.

Such critics may assert that Bishop Schneider’s concern over Holy Communion is like worrying over the numbers of angels on a pinhead. But the bishop insists that treatment of the Eucharist is at the very heart of the crisis. “The Eucharist is at the heart of the Church,” he said. “When the heart is weak, the whole body is weak.”

He argued that receiving Communion in hand “contributes gradually to the loss of the Catholic faith in the Real Presence and in transubstantiation”.

Bishop Schneider also rejected the idea that concern for the liturgy is less important than, or even separate from, concern for the poor. “This is erroneous. The first commandment which Christ gave us was to adore God alone. Liturgy is not a meeting of friends. It is our first task to adore and glorify God in the liturgy and also in our manner of life. From a true adoration and love of God grows love for the poor and our neighbour. It is a consequence.”

The bishop’s views have been shaped by his early childhood, growing up as a persecuted German Catholic in the Soviet Union, where he even had to attend atheism lessons at school. His book Dominus Est discloses
how the German Catholic community kept alive their faith despite severe hardship and persecution. In his own experience, his mother and great aunt took great risks for their faith and on behalf of others in the community. So Bishop Schneider and his family were horrified at the liberal attitudes and practices in the West, especially in respect of Holy Communion, which had been so rare and so precious to the persecuted German Catholics of the Soviet Union.

Communion In The Hand Weakens Faith In The Real Presence!

Seemingly like the little boy in the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, the bishop now feels compelled to speak out and he cannot understand why others do not do the same. “It seems that the majority of the clergy and the bishops are content with this modern use of Communion in hand… For me this is incredible. How is this possible, when Jesus is present in the little Hosts?”

He continued: “There is the grievous fact of the loss of the Eucharistic fragments. And the fragments of the consecrated Host are crushed by feet. This is horrible! Our God, in our churches, is trampled by feet!”

Bishop Schneider admitted that he is “very sad that I am feeling myself as one who is shouting in the desert”.

He said: “It is time that the bishops raise their voices for the Eucharistic Jesus who has no voice to defend himself. Here is an attack on the Most Holy, an attack on the Eucharistic faith.”

The Holy Spirit Will Renew His Church!

But despite his concerns, Bishop Schneider is not pessimistic and believes that there is already a groundswell of support for traditional values that will, in time, renew the Church: “Little ones in the Church have been let down and neglected,” he said. “[But] they have kept the purity of their faith and they represent the true power of the Church in the eyes of God and not those who are in administration.

“I spoke with young students in Oxford and I was so much impressed by these students. I was so glad to see their purity of faith and their convictions, and the clear Catholic mind. This will renew the Church. So I am confident and hopeful also in respect of this crisis in the Church. The Holy Ghost will win this crisis with this little army.”

He added: “I am not worried about the future. The Church is Christ’s Church and He is the real head of the Church, the Pope is only the vicar of Christ. The soul of the Church is the Holy Spirit and He is powerful.”

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27 comments to Bishop Athanasius Schneider: We Are In The Fourth Great Crisis Of The Church!

  • bob schoolfield

    Scripture teaches us in the church of Christ to examine ourselves in partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
    What’s wrong with simple faith worship ?

  • Patricia Barry

    Wish more Bishops would speak up like Bishop Schneider. When the Tabernacle was removed from the Sanctuary and Altar Rails taken away the reverence for the Real Presence was lost too, including disbelief of Jesus being truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Vatican II never intended this to take place. I am sure Jesus would not want it any other way but to Adore Him in the fullest possible way..

    Patricia Barry

  • Maximilian

    Ave Maria, i think the Catholic Church is passing through great trial in our time and our Lord is looking up to us to protect him, in the Holy Eucharist, recently i spoke to my benefactors who’s daughters serve at Mass in one of the parish in London and they discus me with the parish priest who told them to stop paying for my seminary tuition, they want to see how i can finish my training without them because i am studying toward the Traditional priesthood.
    i done think i should collaborate with liars in other to be ordain if God say i am to be his Priest i will surly be without their help, Mother Mary will sent other helpers who are in the side of truth to my aid. God Blessed and help us especially Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

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  • Sallie Barreca

    I agree with the Bishop in so many ways. I am a grandparent now and have watched the spread of these lenient practices going on at Mass for a long time. Recently a priest in a small parish tried to change the practice of girls in altar service, and was soundly criticized. I had mixed feelings at the time because I had granddaughters serving. Now I agree. It does not feel right. I have also recently decided to receive the Sacred Host only on the tongue. I fear that with all this casual attitude so evident, we are having difficulty evangelizing people of other faiths. Why should they think we as Catholics have something special in our worship when many ( especially women and girls) attend Mass in mini-skirts, short shorts and generally immodest dress?
    I am worried about this current situation, but to try and change now, will cause upheaval. Changes must come from the Bishops and be well explained. I would welcome them.

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  • I feel the same way as the Bishop but Our Lord is suffering at all the desecration that goes on at every Novus Ordo Mass. We must remain with Jesus and suffer together with Him not to abandon Him and take the easy way out Because the Mass is still valid in Gods eyes.

  • I will love to see the return of using the Baltimore Catechist to teach CCD.The young, today don’t know their faith because of the change they made the childrens learn nothing.Bishop need to wake up and restore reverence in the Blessed Sacrement.The church is a place of worship and not for chitchatting like in the corner of the street.No more clown maSS.i LOVE MY FAITH.It is sad to see what is going on.Holy Marie Mother of the Church ,pray for us and your priest son.

  • Marie Ann Ferencz

    IM and OUR NEIGHBORS as OURSELVES which by the way was THE FIRST COMMAND BY HIM… Good Day. May I ask why is this article being re/printed ?Is there not other priests and bishops who can share on Courageous Priest ? Who also could partake in the conversation ? This concerns me in that I have been verbally attacked, slammed, called a ‘modernist’, and those are the NICE comments, when I say I like Vatican II. And as well, when I am unhappy with a particular church when I see the priest makes himself the central focus of the Mass I find another CHURCH !!. We do now w/Vatican II. have that option.WE did not have that option with Pre Vatican. I Love MY Vatican II. Church. It is reverential, the Sanctuary is at the altar, at the left with the Sanctuary light always lit.. This makes attending mass a most HOLY TIME WITH JESUS.. I love the way the mass unfolds.. we have one pastor, no assistant. We have a visiting brother who aids on the weekends.We have NO Deacon. we are not at all MODERNIST.I also love attending The Latin Mass.Yet, my home is the Vatican II Mass. I am deeply sad that the Traditionalists have chosen to attack me personally. and the church’s that are NOT LATIN RITE. There are some of the most VILE LATIN ONLY GROUPS ON FACEBOOK.. Amazing the hate and vitriol that pours from these peoples mouth’s. St. John Paul II. has been called the ‘ first MODERNIST’, and is blamed for a host of things that the Trad’s find deeply offensive. To make a return to Latin Only Mass is an impossibility. People in all country’s love hearing the Mass said in THEIR TONGUE.’language’. They love it. To take that from them is cruelty. To put such hate clothed in NICE WORDS is a sin, as to referring to Pope Francis, as well, he so far has held up, thanks to God, Bishop Anthaniaus said. What ? This poor Pope, who by the way SITS IN ‘PETER”S CHAIR’ and is deserved of respect by his fellow bishops especially and all clergy. As well ALL FAITHFUL CATHOLICS. I am angry as just as recent as last week some woman posted on my Facebook page that I was a modernist and would be the type to love’THIS POPE’. And as well, she went on to say ‘ he is so loved because he is from HELL. Satan.’ Can you believe things have gotten this out of hand ? I have talked with many priests on this topic..and Canon Law ones too. This woman is demonic, and she must be prayed for. Did you know as well that by Canon Law WE are required to love and be obedient on faith and morals to him. I suspect the TOSS OUT OF a FEW SENTENCES BY BISHOP ANTHANIAUS as to the GOOD ,saying ‘SO FAR, that POPE FRANCIS HAS KEPT WITH Tradition’ is a caveat to NOT create that breakage of canon law on his part.. TO not obey by way Canon Law the Holy Father is to commit GRAVE SIN, and that works for all here as well. As to taking Christ in our hand at Communion and not kneeling ? Sorry, I think receiving either way is acceptable. IF done with extreme reverence it is definitely fine by me. After reading this article once again. I find Bishop Anthaniaus polorizing, sadly. As said I am a child of pre vatican, married under pre vatican, it was instituted 1 yr after our marriage. I also think there is blood out for Pope Francis, NOT literal of course but in hate. Many do not like his saying we should love the gay community, and try to understand what makes them be as they are. What IN GOD”S NAME is wrong with that ? Is it best we HATE THEM ? Would Jesus ? No, I do not want a return to Latin Only Masses.. We would disengage many many people. This pope is beloved, as was John Paul II. Again I reference people who call him filthy ugly names, and as well myself. I am sure Jesus would be very proud of this ! The POPE has said he believes marriage is between ONE MAN, and ONE WOMAN. He has reached out to Muslims and BEEN attacked.. WHY ? Is not trying to attain PEACE better than hating and encouraging war. Pope Francis has in fact called on nations to come to the AID OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS in the Mideast..even by way if so needed by military..As to him speaking about ‘ the climate’. His suggestions and comments are needed. We have nations like China and others who defile the earth with their pollution. I could go on and on about the HITS Pope Francis has had to take, and as I previous said. FROM HIS OWN… HIS FELLOW BISHOPS. I know too St. Pope John Paul II was made mockery of by some of his own as well. All of this sickens me and I want NOTHING to do with those who wish to continue on this path…. Let a split come.. I think it may well be healthy. We, ‘ The Modernists’ can worship the Liturgy with Jesus PRESENT and LOVE H

    • Marie Ann Ferencz

      May I ask why is this article being re/printed ?Is there not other priests and bishops who can share on Courageous Priest ? Who also could partake in the conversation ? This concerns me in that I have been verbally attacked, slammed, called a ‘modernist’, and those are the NICE comments, when I say I like Vatican II. And as well, when I am unhappy with a particular church when I see the priest makes himself the central focus of the Mass I find another CHURCH !!. We do now w/Vatican II. have that option.WE did not have that option with Pre Vatican. I Love MY Vatican II. Church. It is reverential, the Sanctuary is at the altar, at the left with the Sanctuary light always lit.. This makes attending mass a most HOLY TIME WITH JESUS.. I love the way the mass unfolds.. we have one pastor, no assistant. We have a visiting brother who aids on the weekends.We have NO Deacon. we are not at all MODERNIST.I also love attending The Latin Mass.Yet, my home is the Vatican II Mass. I am deeply sad that the Traditionalists have chosen to attack me personally. and the church’s that are NOT LATIN RITE. There are some of the most VILE LATIN ONLY GROUPS ON FACEBOOK.. Amazing the hate and vitriol that pours from these peoples mouth’s. St. John Paul II. has been called the ‘ first MODERNIST’, and is blamed for a host of things that the Trad’s find deeply offensive. To make a return to Latin Only Mass is an impossibility. People in all country’s love hearing the Mass said in THEIR TONGUE.’language’. They love it. To take that from them is cruelty. To put such hate clothed in NICE WORDS is a sin, as to referring to Pope Francis, as well, he so far has held up, thanks to God, Bishop Anthaniaus said. What ? This poor Pope, who by the way SITS IN ‘PETER”S CHAIR’ and is deserved of respect by his fellow bishops especially and all clergy. As well ALL FAITHFUL CATHOLICS. I am angry as just as recent as last week some woman posted on my Facebook page that I was a modernist and would be the type to love’THIS POPE’. And as well, she went on to say ‘ he is so loved because he is from HELL. Satan.’ Can you believe things have gotten this out of hand ? I have talked with many priests on this topic..and Canon Law ones too. This woman is demonic, and she must be prayed for. Did you know as well that by Canon Law WE are required to love and be obedient on faith and morals to him. I suspect the TOSS OUT OF a FEW SENTENCES BY BISHOP ANTHANIAUS as to the GOOD ,saying ‘SO FAR, that POPE FRANCIS HAS KEPT WITH Tradition’ is a caveat to NOT create that breakage of canon law on his part.. TO not obey by way Canon Law the Holy Father is to commit GRAVE SIN, and that works for all here as well. As to taking Christ in our hand at Communion and not kneeling ? Sorry, I think receiving either way is acceptable. IF done with extreme reverence it is definitely fine by me. After reading this article once again. I find Bishop Anthaniaus polorizing, sadly. As said I am a child of pre vatican, married under pre vatican, it was instituted 1 yr after our marriage. I also think there is blood out for Pope Francis, NOT literal of course but in hate. Many do not like his saying we should love the gay community, and try to understand what makes them be as they are. What IN GOD”S NAME is wrong with that ? Is it best we HATE THEM ? Would Jesus ? No, I do not want a return to Latin Only Masses.. We would disengage many many people. This pope is beloved, as was John Paul II. Again I reference people who call him filthy ugly names, and as well myself. I am sure Jesus would be very proud of this ! The POPE has said he believes marriage is between ONE MAN, and ONE WOMAN. He has reached out to Muslims and BEEN attacked.. WHY ? Is not trying to attain PEACE better than hating and encouraging war. Pope Francis has in fact called on nations to come to the AID OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS in the Mideast..even by way if so needed by military..As to him speaking about ‘ the climate’. His suggestions and comments are needed. We have nations like China and others who defile the earth with their pollution. I could go on and on about the HITS Pope Francis has had to take, and as I previous said. FROM HIS OWN… HIS FELLOW BISHOPS. I know too St. Pope John Paul II was made mockery of by some of his own as well. All of this sickens me and I want NOTHING to do with those who wish to continue on this path…. Let a split come.. I think it may well be healthy. We, ‘ The Modernists’ can worship the Liturgy with Jesus PRESENT and LOVE HIM and OUR NEIGHBORS as OURSELVES WHICH BY THE WAY WAS THE ‘FIRST” COMMAND BY GOD…..Good Day……………To the ADM>The previous post shows errors that I have NO IDEA how occurred…This is the the post I WISH to be posted and the first removed.

    • Sue

      Hello, I am sorry you are so upset. It is the exact example of what the Bishop wrote about. I am moved to compassion for you. But I notice a few minsunderstandings that may help you.
      First the Novus Ordo is the New Mass, not the Mass of Vatican II. It has a continuation that goes into history. Second, the Extraordinary Mass, also approved, may be said to be pre vatican II, but it too is linked to the Church’s history. You love the Novus Ordo because you have found Christ in e Eucharist. And this is fine. But both Masses are approved, and both Masses are of the Latin Rite. These are the only two approved Masses in our Latin Rite. There sre many Rites in the Church who have many traditional approaches that are unique to their Rite snd are approved by the Holy See. So there are various Liturgies within each Rite of the Church…but One set of Sacraments common to them all.
      Next, as far as modernists being bullied in their own parishes? I have never seen that. I am sorry you have. I am sorry for all the pain you have experienced. It is quite the opposite in most American Catholic Churches. The Traditationalists I have known have always been kind and helpful. If not, forgive them, they are only trying to live according to their heart by worshipping traditionally…and the Church gives them permission to do so.
      Lastly, and this should have been answered first, the First Commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your Heart and Soul and Mind, the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” So adoration and worshipping God does come first. The Bishop is right that loving the neighbor comes as fruit of selfgiving, sacrifcial worship of the One True God. You have experienced otherwise. That is a lack of true Adoration of God, and this can happen no matter what Mass one attends…because humans are at fault…not the Core Truths of the Church.
      I pray three Ahil Marys for you, for your peace and mercy.
      Last,

  • yoli

    Thank you and God bless this good and Holy Bishop! My family and I only receive the Holy Eucharist on the tongue, and have encouraged others to do the same. Some of the truly Catholic parishioners are joining us in this, to the amazement of some who don’t practice the reception on the tongue. We are also hoping only Sacred Music will be sung by the choir, and No Applause! You are so right about too many people on the altar, and altar girls, and the priest should not leave the altar after the Consecration to shake hands with all those in the first row of the congregation! I hope the Pastors read this and stop the desecration of the Holy Eucharist.

  • carmen Delgado

    With such great church men like Bishop Schneider and Bishop Burke and Salvatore of California I have great hope for the Church.Our number might go down but I prefer quality over quantity.

  • Savio

    Basically many of the bishops & as a consequence priests under their charge as also other priests have independently & on their own hijacked the Report of Vatican II according to their individual thinking & misinterpretation of the guidelines for conducting the Liturgy & the responses of the faithful and the proper norms to be followed. Many of the Bishops have not waited for release of the Official Vatican II document – detailing the changes, response & conduct, to introduce the approved changes but have carried with them in their mind whatever came up during the deliberations which many bishops attended and started implementing them, hence the problems we are facing today & all the associated complaints. Proof of this is the New amended ROMAN MISSAL, although it took pretty long to come out (50 years) as the changes that were introduced have deeply set in and it will take quite a while to be corrected. This will also brew discontent among those who are happy with the changes & are not willing to change again. This is what happens when things are done in a hurry – confusion & subsequent brewing of resentment when more changes are introduced to correct the earlier mistakes / flaws.

    Did GOD ALMIGHTY not demand that no one other than the High Priest should enter the Holy of Holies (in the Old Testament)? Why was this done ? Who are we to alter or change the directions / instructions GOD gave us ? We do so at our own peril. What is happening today all around us, is a consequence of all the liberties we have taken and many of the changes that we have introduced ourselves without authority, in the liturgy as well as other forms of worship.

    With many of the Bishops & priests acting as final authorities and introducing random changes at will, there is hardly any reverence & respect for the HOLY EUCHARIST today among the people. Are they to blame ? No, but please remember, GOD has given every individual the capacity to analyse / reason out / discern for himself / herself whether we are being taught the right things & whether by following them we will be giving glory & honour to GOD. We cannot & should not blindly follow certain instructions of our priests / bishops related particularly to reverence, respect & submitting in humility before GOD ALMIGHTY, if their instructions / directions are to the contrary. Remember each one of us has to answer individually to GOD.

    No Bishop or priest can insist on any one receiving Holy Communion only in the hand & I am pretty sure no one will insist, hence the onus is on us, the lay faithful. In receiving Holy Communion in the hand there is a great possibility of desecration of the HOLY EUCHARIST because when even a tiny particle / fragment of the HOST remains in the palm of the hand or on the fingers, IT may fall about anywhere. To prevent pieces of the HOST from falling down, the altar server holds a paten under the chin of the communicant (when receiving HOLY COMMUNION on the tongue) which after distribution of HOLY COMMUNION, the priest cleans & empties into the chalice. We should use our GOD given gift (intellect) to discern what is the fit & proper way of showing reverence & respect to GOD ALMIGHTY.

    Most importantly, we should all pray for our priests & bishops that they may realise their mistakes & correct themselves & thus lead the people entrusted to their care, along the path that GOD wishes us all to take.

    GOD BLESS.

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  • Mary Ann Spade

    There would be no need for Eucharitic Ministers if only the people properly disposed would go to Communion. How many people haven’t gone to confession in months let alone years. Before Vatican ll I only went to communion if I went to cofession on Saturday. Who is so sinless that he doesn’t need to go at least once a month. I knew a conservative Priest that said he ‘ deplored this cattle call to communion’.

  • Jack Gordon

    Welcome words. I especially appreciate the bishop’s reminder that we must not be discouraged because Jesus is in control ultimately. I often wake up late at night these days and have the feeling the whole world is collapsing around me! So many willing to destroy the Church! If it isn’t bishops covering up criminal activity, it’s Pelosi and her ilk, or ISIS and the rest of the Mohammedan lunatics!

    • TMS

      In response to Jack Gordon’s comments, might I offer a suggestion to you Jack? The Spiritual Exercises are a surefire antidote for nighttime anxiety over the madness in this world. They are a method for growth in holiness, for sound instruction in the spiritual battle, and for greater depth of understanding of the riches of our faith. Those who seek out the Spiritual Exercises are not disappointed. They are preached by many these days. One religious order in particular are very adept at preaching the exercises. They are Miles Christi. God bless you!

  • Teresa

    Yes Rosa….and please, unless the Mass being celebrated is a congregation of 500 or more people, get the ‘Eucharistic Ministers’ off the Altar as well! Ugh!!! All those people running around the Altar (some even DURING THE CONSECRATION!) And some even cleaning the precious vessels!! That was put in place for emergencies only, not for every regularly scheduled Mass. So what if it takes 3 more minutes for Communion! One of the abuses that drives me nuts!

  • Sharon

    God Bless you Bishop Schneider, and He will. Shame on the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and all of the religious, that are against receiving our Lord on the tongue. I realize that all cannot kneel to receive our Lord, but all can receive Him on the tongue.
    They are abusing our Lord by receiving Him in the hand. Why can’t they see this, and why aren’t our Bishops, Preists, and all religious speaking out against this practice of receiving in the hand. Please Holy Spirit, descend upon our Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, and all religious, and have them stop this abuse to our Lord. I pray this in Jesus name. Thank you Bishop Schneider for Loving our Lord enough to speak up for Him, and Please continue to fight against receiving Him in the hand. God Bless You..

    Sharon Shinall

  • Pedro

    For fifty years I’ve felt that our beloved church has been in a airplane like nose dive, innovation after innovation. After reading some of the articles on this website, it seems like somebody, perhaps the good bishops that have been writing these articles, and of course With the grace from the Holy Ghost, somebody is finally jiggling the controls, are we beginning to pull out of it. I hope so. I’d like to live long enough to see the church’s glory greater than before, and with one fold and One Sheppard. Pedro

  • rosa cedillo

    Kneel is good for people that can do so. There is some of us that cannot, but Holy Communion on tongue, not on hands !! Girls off altar just boys ….

  • tg

    “It is no big secret, the groups mentioned above have a conservative bent, therefore why not allow groups to be formed that have a more liberal bent.” – There are already are groups with a liberal bent – the majority of all parishes in the world. So many so called Catholics churches look like a protestant church and so is the Mass. In my Diocese of Austin, there is only one Latin Mass – 1 1/2 hour away from my home.

  • Frank

    My family had the pleasure of meeting Bishop Schneider in person a few years ago. I have never met a more courteous, gentle, and faithful man.

  • Doris

    The article by Bishop Schneider is most interesting. I believe all that he has said. I have never received the Lord in my hand but only on my tongue. I have encouraged others to do so but it seems they do not want to be different. Common sense should tell us that this habit should never have been changed along with all the others such as using a table instead of the main altar, the priest facing the people and the list goes on. God knows and sees all. He will not leave His beloved church. I have noticed also that the younger generation is beginning to see the light. Thank You Bishop Schneider for your words of wisdom. May God bless you and His holy church.

  • Jon C.

    I personally don’t believe that some kind of “split” in necessarily a disaster provided the “splitters” retain their fealty to Rome. If one stops and thinks about it, there are already some “splits”. Opus Dei is in a sense a split and one could make the same case for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Both of these groups essentially wish to worship in a manner in which they believe is more meaningful to them. Further the Society of St. Pius X could very well be on the verge of reuniting with the Roman Catholic Church. It is no big secret, the groups mentioned above have a conservative bent, therefore why not allow groups to be formed that have a more liberal bent. As long as the essentials are there, one size doesn’t have to fit all.

  • Sandra Dillon

    The voice of a Saint! Praise God for His holy Bishop’s. Yes, kneel down and receive our Lord. May your unconsecrated hands never touch what has not been ordained by God (are you listening Eucharistic Ministers?) and parents, keep your little girls off the altar….altar boys/men should serve on the altar. There is much for women to do in our Holy Mother Church….Spiritual Motherhood for one.

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