Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Abortion and Paedo-Communion

Infant Communion (also known as Paedo-communion) refers to the practice of giving the Eucharist, in the form of consecrated wine, to newly baptized children, in accordance with the words of Christ in the Gospel: "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14). At one time, the Catholic Church permitted and encouraged parents to present their children to receive the Eucharistic species of wine served with a spoon, though the practice has since fallen into disfavor with the Roman Church.

What is the connection, you ask, between Abortion and Paedo-Communion? Certainly Christ, being True God, was a prophet. Perhaps we should look back at His words. Why did he command the Apostles to "suffer the little children?" Was there a lesson in his command for us, today? The Roman Church will not see it. They are blinded by years and years of denial.

There are churches, which allow Paedo-communion. The Orthodox do it, as do certain Eastern-Rite Catholic churches. I have attended such a church. In my humble opinion the practice is a beautiful one. To see Mothers and Fathers carrying an infant to receive the Precious Blood of Christ proclaims to all the love, which men ought to have for the least among us. It is a powerful pro-life sacrament. Seeing mere babies treated as Christ intended is something that would warm the heart of the hardest NOW feminist.

How wonderful Paedo-communion is! It makes one wonder why it is that so many oppose it. Why is the Roman Church afraid to obey Christ's command?

I hope that one day the Roman Church returns to the Gospel and restores the ancient practice. Let us pray!


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