I am reading Joseph Martos’ book “Doors to the Sacred.” Here are some quotes. Do these seem a bit out of line with Catholic teaching?
“Greek-speaking Christians may have already begun to identify the bread and wine with the body and blood of Christ, but it is impossible to prove that Jesus and his Jewish followers ever did so. In fact it is historically more probable that they did not, for he drinking of blood was both culturally repulsive and religiously forbidden to Jews” (241).
“Granted that the rising insistence of women to be admitted to orders in more a product of the women’s liberation movement than the result of abstract theological reflection the fact remains that the scriptural and historical arguments against ordaining women are not that strong and that the major arguments are cultural and psychological” (521).
“It seems probable…that when the younger generation of clergy replaces the present hierarchy, the present restrictions against married and female clergy will be lifted, and that sometime in the future, though not in the very near future, Catholics will have married priests and women priests in their church” (522).
“Contemporary Catholic theologians stress the presence of Christ in the eucharistic celebration rather than in the eucharistic elements…” (527).
“Baptism and membership in the church are no longer regarded as indispensable for getting into heaven. It is hard to specific exactly what difference confirmation makes in a Catholic’s life. The anointing of the sick is no longer performed with the assurance of hidden effects, and man Catholics no longer depend on penance to have all their sins forgiven” (528).
“Catholic worship does not have to be tied to the eucharist…Christian initiation does not have to be restricted to baptism” (529).
“But once the sacraments are understood for what they are – human creations which function as doors to the sacred – there is no intrinsic reason why new sacramental forms could not be invented to reach the same sacred realities that the old forms once revealed” (529).