Thursday, October 27, 2011

Discipline

My sister has had a difficult marital history and her current situation is, in the eyes of the Church, irregular. Yet she is very devout and a much better Christian than I will ever be. And despite being a reformed hippy, she sticks to the rules. She knows she may not receive Holy Communion until such a time that her marital status conforms to the mind of the Church (and therefore of Christ).

So I admire her forebearance given that when attending a service on Good Friday morning with her husband at their local Anglican Cathedral (he is an Anglican) which had an oecumenical element to it, she saw the Vicar General of her diocese in the north of England receiving the Anglican version of communion.

When senior clergy do not keep their own discipline with regard to the Eucharist and Holy Communion, is it any wonder the laity end up so lax?

3 Comments:

Blogger Patricius said...

May God bless your sister.

A vicar general receiving Anglican communion? That is, surely, not just "discipline"? It looks like apostasy or heresy or something else very serious and is certainly scandalous.

I think you are quite right, however, and it, sadly, chimes with my experience that if you find an abuse among the laity then it most likely began with a priest.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Simon Platt said...

Good heavens!

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Hurrell Froude said...

The English have always set politeness above truth. No doubt the Vicar General did not want to upset. It may seem rude to refuse but it is ruder still to confuse.

11:32 AM  

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