Father Richard John Neuhaus, is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York
and a convert from the Lutheran church.
>>>To be rightly disposed to
receive the Eucharist is to be in communion with the Church, which
includes faithful adherence to the Church's magisterial teaching.
Especially in America where there is a multitude of Christian
denominations, many Catholics have assumed the Protestant attitude that
the local parish is simply their religion of choice.
The parish is the local franchise of the Catholic Church, much as they
might patronize the local franchise of McDonald's. It is further assumed
that everybody has a "right" to receive Communion, just as everybody has a
right to purchase a Big Mac.
Obviously, this is a severe debasement of "communion" and Communion. In
the Eucharist, we receive Christ and Christ receives us, incorporating us
into his body the Church, which is, most fully and rightly ordered through
time, the People of God in communion with bishops who are in communion
with the Bishop of Rome.
To be rightly disposed entails confessing whatever in our lives
contradicts or compromises that "communion" with Christ and his Church and
then receiving absolution. Sadly, the sacrament of reconciliation has
fallen almost into desuetude in many places, and certainly not only in the
One, therefore, must hope that the election-year controversy over
pro-abortion politicians will lead to a much more comprehensive renewal of
Catholic understanding and practice with respect to authentic "communio."
Father Richard Neuhaus on the Eucharist