Suppose a pastor announces at the end of Mass one Sunday that starting in the new year, his parish will feature a Soda and Chocolate-chip Cookie Mass for youth, at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. The pastor explains that after consultation with theologians and prayerful discernment of the parish liturgy committee, and following conversations with certain lay leaders in the parish, he and the pastoral team decided soda and chocolate-chip cookies were valid and otherwise appropriate matter for the Eucharist. He insists these items help inculturate the Eucharist for young people and will increase full, active, and conscious participation in the liturgy.
I know you don’t really have a pastor who would do such a thing. But for the purposes of this thought experiment, suppose your pastor had been replaced by someone else last year. And the replacement, perhaps after having had a loose tile from the church roof fall on his head, is the one who has decided to proceed as described above.
What do you think the likely response in your parish would be?
(A) Everyone or almost everyone would reject the idea as unCatholic
(B) Everyone or almost everyone would embrace the idea as Catholic
(C) Half would reject it as unCatholic and half would embrace it as Catholic
(D) A substantial majority would reject it as unCatholic, with only a minority embracing it as Catholic
(E) A substantial majority would affirm it as Catholic, with only a minority rejecting it as unCatholic
(F) You are uncertain and therefore cannot say
(G) Most people would object but on nutritional grounds
Now be fair and charitable but also be honest about what you think would likely happen. Keep in mind that your opinion or guess about what would happen isn’t necessarily what would in fact happen.
How do you think your opinion on the matter relates to the Pew Research findings of only a third of US Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist?
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