I was reading Chapter 13, The Omission that Haunts the Church. Since Vatican II there've been beaucoup omissions, but this seemed especially explosive in view of loss of belief in the Real Presence. Speaking of the expanded Lectionary devised after Vatican II with the three-year cycle of readings, Kwasniewski writes that one would expect that the expanded Lectionary would have:
included all of the readings already found in the traditional Roman liturgy (as per Sacrosanctum Concilium 23 and 50), and that, in the wide scope allotted to New Testament books, no key passages would be omitted. Instead, in keeping with a programmatic decision to avoid what they deemed "difficult" biblical texts, the new Lectionary altogether omits 1 Corinthians 11:27-29.
Hmm... What is that passage? Kwasniewski tells us:
St. Paul's "stern warning" against receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily, that is, unto one's condemnation, has not been read at any Ordinary Form Mass for half a century.
Let me repeat that in bold, highlighted, with an exclamation point:
St. Paul's "stern warning" against receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily, that is, unto one's condemnation, has not been read at any Ordinary Form Mass for half a century!
Kwasniewski draws a comparison:
In a community that miraculously managed to maintain the use of the traditional Latin mass in the fifty-year period since the introduction of the new Lectionary in 1970, 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 (or vv. 26-27, which deliver the same message) will have been required reading at Mass 150 times. In the same period, it has been read zero times in the sphere of the ordinary Form. How could this not make a difference in the formation of the faithful, clergy and laity alike?
How indeed! It couldn't!
And so we have the collapse of faith. Two thirds of Catholics do not believe in the core doctrinal teaching of the Church, that Jesus Christ is truly present -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity -- in the Eucharist. Is it any wonder that we have self-proclaimed "devout Catholic" politicians committing sacrilege every time they attend Mass and approach for Communion? How many are teetering on the brink of hell, treating the Eucharist like an hors d'oeurve at one of their cocktail parties. Hey, it's all about the people at the party. Who doesn't eat at a party. All are welcome!
According to Kwasniewski, this passage has also been removed from the Liturgy of the Hours. He concludes:
Let us be frank: the concept of an unworthy Communion has disappeared from the general Catholic consciousness, at least in the affluent, self-satisfied West.
And among he "affluent, self-satisfied" Catholic Democrat politicians who routinely give grave scandal by their support for intrinsic moral evils condemned by the Church.
Buy the book! You will grow in your love for the Eucharist and your eagerness to defend the Body of Christ from sacrilege and blasphemy.
As the little shepherds at Fatima were inspired to pray: "Most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament!"
Let us do likewise!