George Battelle 
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Retired from 35+year professional programming career. Presently serve as California rep for Axios -- Eastern and Orthodox, Gay and Lesbian Christians.

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Welcoming Orthodox Priest

Updated on May 10, 2018 at 10:07 PM

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Re: “Gay Priest Ousted By Conservative Bishop

Mr. John Stevens comment was very interesting about possible liturgical abuses. The video he referenced did seem kind of weird even in today's Church that mostly ignores classical Catholic music for modern music.

I do believe in welcoming gays in the Church and not judging them but instead letting God be their judge as He is for all of us.

But liturgical abuses can be more subtile. I am more concerned about the loss of a feeling mystery, of sacredness, set-apartness in the Church, specifically the Real Presence. I keep hearing people discussing the tendency to talk in church, the noise and the feeling more like a meeting hall.

The new Oakland cathedral is a good example of this. I went in recently to be close to the Real Presence of our Lord. The Blessed Sacrament was not reserved on the altar nor in any of the many side altar alcoves, some filled with miscellaneous things. I finally wandered upstairs around the oval walkway above the nave. At the far end were some chairs. I looked to the balcony rail to the right; there the Holy Sacrament was reserved and could be easily ignored. Worshipping in that location also felt a bit strange and not really set-apart as anyone could blindly walk in front. Why wasn't at least one of the side chapels Reserved for Our Lord's Presence? Those of us who still want to worship the Lord, outside of Sunday obligation, seem to be taught that only OLD people do that. Well I am 75 and maybe that is true. If you are a young person and miss the Sacred Presence, you might say something about it.

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Posted by George Battelle on 08/19/2014 at 3:32 PM

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