**The Center of Catholic Worship is Christ, not a man in a pulpit! **
When the Eucharist is removed from a Christian’s life, they are forever trying to find something to replace it with.
This past week I learned of yet another fundamentalist preacher caught up in a sex scandal. From where I am now across the Tiber, I am truly saddened that a church, a marriage, and especially children are going through this. I’ve seen this re-run before countless times and it is not pretty.
The problem is the whole structure of what these fundamentalist/evangelical churches are based on.
The centerpiece of worship is a pulpit for a man.
And if that man is immature emotionally, its inevitable that these things occur. They are almost set up for a fall because of the man-worship.
Does the Catholic Church have scandals in this sex-soaked society? Yes. But the priest is not the center of worship in the Catholic Church. When the priest approaches the altar, the Tabernacle is there with the Eucharist. Jesus is the center of worship, The priest is an instrument. If he falls into sin it does not negate the Eucahistic Sacrifice.
But in fundamentalism, the pulpit is in the center of the church. Oh yes, they will say 'its God we worship and is taught from the Bible. To even suggest that Communion is the center of worship turns fundamentalists into a tailspin.
Yet it is the ONE worship COMMAND Jesus gave to His Church, not preaching. A good homily or sermon is important, but that is not the centerpiece of worship.
When a pulpit is the center, for a man who gives his ‘interpretation’ of the Bible, its inevitable he is puffed up with pride. He is a little messiah with followers, and he begins to believe he is invincible. Once that pulpit is worshipped, a preacher naturally can reason his way into anything.
Take that pulpit down, and it must be replaced with something. I’ve never had a desire to return to that pulpit because I found something greater than that: the Lord Jesus Christ feeding me with Himself.
Ronald Reagan said once: " Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Fundamentalists, tear down that pulpit!