What Happened to Notre Dame? Case in Point: Fr. Richard McBrien
How about some open dissent and outright blasphemy from Notre Dame professor of theology (and former chairman of the university's Religion Dept.) Fr. Richard McBrien?
Fr. Z has the details and the fisk (emphasis and commentary are Fr. Z's):
... Notwithstanding Pope Benedict XVI’s personal endorsement of eucharistic adoration [In other words, who cares what the Pope thinks.] and the sporadic restoration of the practice in the archdiocese of Boston and elsewhere, it is difficult to speak favorably about the devotion today.(Hat tip: Donald McClarey at The American Catholic)
Now that most Catholics are literate and even well-educated, [In other words, Adoration is probably something only stupid people are interested in.] the Mass is in the language of the people (i.e, the vernacular), and its rituals are relatively easy to understand and follow, [Really? Ask people after Mass what the epiclesis is for? or what the Gospel reading was?] there is little or no need for extraneous eucharistic devotions. The Mass itself provides all that a Catholic needs sacramentally and spiritually. [No need for confession, either, I suppose.]
Eucharistic adoration, perpetual or not, is a doctrinal, theological, and spiritual step backward, not forward.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Prof. Freddoso's Introduction to What Happened to Notre Dame? - Part 2: Why the Catholic Faithful WERE Scandalized
Prof. Freddoso's Introduction to What Happened to Notre Dame? - Part 1: "Why I Was Not Scandalized"
What Happened to Notre Dame?
Fr. McBrien Gives the Game Away
Notre Dame's McBrien Blasts Pope, U.S. Bishops [UPDATED]
Fr. Richard McBrien, MSM, Cleared of Plagiarism
Is Richard McBrien A Plagiarist?