Sunday, October 10, 2010

How come the inconsistencies?

"The faithful are to hold the Eucharist in highest honor, taking part in the celebration of the Most August Sacrifice, receiving the sacrament devoutly and frequently, and worshiping it with supreme adoration. (Can. 898)"

Speaking of the "Precepts of the Church" [p. 493 of the CCC], No. 3 states that "You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter Season."

That is somewhat inconsistent with Canon 898.

Also, No. 2 states that "You shall confess your sins at least once a year." This is somewhat inconsistent with No. 3. You'd think that they would want you to go to Confession before Holy Communion, especially since St. Thomas Aquinas said (I believe) that "the just man sins seven times a day." I've wondered about this for nigh unto 60 years.

Also, No. 2 should state explicitly that you shall confess your sins before receiving Holy Communion or another sacrament if you have committed a deadly (Mortal) sin.

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