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Old Aug 2, '04, 11:39 am
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Default Seminary Professor Father George Smiga Attacks Eucharist at Futurechurch Meeting

http://www.saveourchurch.org/smigaarticle.html




Brazen Attack on the Eucharist at FutureChurch Meeting
by St. Mary's Seminary Professor, Fr. George Smiga

FutureChurch's Third Annual Celebration of Corpus Christi, held at John Carroll University, June 8, 2004, featured Fr. George Smiga who was advertised to speak on the "Biblical Roots of Eucharist." What was delivered, however, was an all-out-attack on the Biblical/Catholic roots of the Eucharist--the literal Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. What should now become undeniable even to the most skeptical is how fraudulent FutureChurch's loud claim of concern for the availability of the Eucharist and the shortage of priests has been. While the Biblical roots of the Eucharist affirming the miracle of transubstantiation was flatly denied and identified as a later addition to Church doctrine, Smiga traced what he claims to be the real meaning of the first Eucharist to the Greco-Roman feasts of the day and as merely a meal of solidarity--a meal that was given a new meaning by Christians but not a new substance. By this attack on the Faith, Fr. Smiga, pastor of St. Noel and professor at Mary's has excommunicated himself* from the Church. For our Bishop to allow Fr. Smiga's to continue as priest or as professor without a public retraction of this denial of Catholic faith means he becomes complicit in this heresy and blasphemy.



The Lord's Supper, according to Smiga, has nothing to do with Our Lord's giving His own Body and Blood in Sacrifice for us because Smiga claims that the Church would have had the Eucharist without His Crucifixion. For this reason Smiga re-identifies "Body of Christ" in the Eucharist as not referring to Christ at all but only to the people of God. That clearly explains his opening statements that the Body of Christ in the Eucharist is not for adoration. Following this logic came another blasphemy: "I myself am the bread of life. You and I are the bread of life," which was also repeated in the opening song. He of course flatly denies Paul's claim of receiving an accurate account of the Last Supper, claiming Paul's version was only "a tradition." Yet he turns around and tries to tell his audience that Paul's use of the word "Body" in reference to the Eucharist in I Corinthians was used to present an "image of unity" rather than being a reference to Our Lord's own body! Since Smiga and FutureChurch deny there is any sacrifice in the Eucharist one can understand why he says there was no altar, no priests and no Mass in the first Church! "Father" Smiga is blatant in is unbelief which is not only anti-Catholic heresy but utter blasphemy.



In the question and answer session we find Smiga does not believe discussing qualifications for participating in the Eucharist is relevant to his expertise as a "Scripture scholar!" And pressed even further on this point and in connection to "Jesus eating with sinners," he not only calls this Eucharist but seems to indicate this proves there are no qualifications necessary for receiving Eucharist. Apparently Smiga cannot even see the difference between repentant sinners and unrepentant ones!

* "Canon 1364.1: With due regard for Canon 194.1, n. 2, an apostate from the faith, a heretic or a schismatic incurs automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication." P. 493 - Code of Canon Law, (1983), Canon Law Society of America, Washington, D.C.
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Old Aug 2, '04, 11:41 am
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Default Re: Seminary Professor Father George Smiga Attacks Eucharist at Futurechurch Meeting

George M. Smiga, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cleveland, is adjunct professor of sacred scripture at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland, Ohio. He also serves as pastor of Saint Noel Parish in Willoughby Hills. He is the author of Pain and Polemic: Anti-Judaism in the Gospels, published by Paulist Press.
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Old Aug 2, '04, 12:22 pm
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Default Re: Seminary Professor Father George Smiga Attacks Eucharist at Futurechurch Meeting

the organization "Save Our Church" wrote a letter to Bishop Anthony M. Pilla about Father Smiga's presentation, and the Bishop justified the presentation.
(scroll to bottom of page for links)
http://www.saveourchurch.org/smigaarticle.html

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Arm yourselves, dear Catholic brethren, with:

* the "Catechism of the Catholic Church"
Paragraphs 1322-1419
http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c1a3.htm

and

* Pope John Paul II's encyclical "ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA"
http://www.vatican.va/edocs/ENG0821/_INDEX.HTM

The questions are simple for Fr. Stiga and men like him.
"Are you WITH the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" and are you WITH the Pope?
Are YOU right, or is the Catechism and Pope John Paul II right?
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Old Aug 2, '04, 2:34 pm
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Default Re: Seminary Professor Father George Smiga Attacks Eucharist at Futurechurch Meeting

Where was the ending to this scourlous priests story?

the one that should have ended with..and when he had finished his demonically unholy assault on the bible and our Lord..the people who listened, now took up sticks and chased him from the midst of them til he was driven from the town.
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Old Aug 2, '04, 5:15 pm
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Default Re: Seminary Professor Father George Smiga Attacks Eucharist at Futurechurch Meeting

The worst thing is that most of us are not surprised.
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Old Aug 2, '04, 5:20 pm
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Why does this heretic STILL have his Roman Collar? This guy should be defrocked.
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Old Aug 2, '04, 5:26 pm
Friar David, O.Carm Friar David, O.Carm is offline
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I think before we comment and jump to conclusions we must either read or hear, word for word, what Fr. Smiga said.

Just as with Mel Gibson, hearsay will not work becuase some people hear what they want to hear.

As his bishop supports him I wonder if some people might have taken somethings he said out of context or misunderstood.
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Old Aug 2, '04, 11:24 pm
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Originally Posted by BobCatholic
Why does this heretic STILL have his Roman Collar? This guy should be defrocked.
That's precisely my question.

Now, on another thread, some of us have been discussing the lack of discipline in the Church. Well, here is another example and he will probably continue to lecture and teach at "Catholic" universities as he clearly denies church teaching.

Antonio
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Old Aug 3, '04, 12:37 am
Andreas Hofer Andreas Hofer is offline
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As his bishop supports him I wonder if some people might have taken somethings he said out of context or misunderstood.
While I agree with you that we need to avoid judging only on hearsay, the past 40 years have shown that the support of a bishop does nothing to improve an individual's claim to orthodoxy.
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