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Communion Going to the Dogs: It was Neat and Made Everyone Smile

July 24th, 2010
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What will those Anglicans think of next?

Here’s the story of how a dog received the Sacrament in an Anglican parish recently:
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/838717–can-a-dog-receive-communion

Here’s a snippet:

β€œIn my opinion, Christ would have thought it was neat. It was just being human. And it made everyone smile.”

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  1. Mike Baker
    July 24th, 2010 at 09:15 | #1

    *facepalm*

    Mainline Protestantism in America ususally doesn’t surprise me anymore. I was not ready for this one.

  2. July 24th, 2010 at 09:54 | #2

    Christ have mercy!

  3. July 24th, 2010 at 11:02 | #3

    Was this “Anglican” in the sense that we use it here in the South (breaking away from Episco-USA)? or Anglican in the sense of Episco-USA? Sounds more like the latter. Most of the “Anglicans” I know would never let this happen.

    Interesting “scholastic” question that comprises the link though, “Can a dog receive communion?” Doesn’t go into whether the dog receives Body and Blood…but made me remember those arguments.

    in Christ,
    jW

  4. EGK
    July 24th, 2010 at 11:53 | #4

    It is Anglican in the sense of “Anglican Church of Canada.” It happened in Toronto. The Anglican Church of Canada, at least in some places, has the same mind-set as does the Episcopal Church of the USA (at least in some places).

    BTW, The Anglican Church of Canada is in full communion fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).

  5. Rev. Allen Bergstrazer
    July 24th, 2010 at 21:21 | #5

    Only one person objected…

  6. Pastor Steven Schlund
    July 24th, 2010 at 21:48 | #6

    The story states: “But at least one parishioner saw the act as an affront to the rules and regulations of the Anglican Church.” I find it interesting that, in the secular press (and, at times, within the religious press), heretical teachings and/or heretical practices are reported as being against the rules of the denomination and not as anti-Scriptural or as an affront to Christ.

  7. July 25th, 2010 at 08:09 | #7

    The most vile part of the article, for me, was this quote:

    “In my opinion, Christ would have thought it was neat.”

    In my humble opinion, Christ would not have thought it was neat. To see His body which was “given for you” (disciples, humans…) and the cup of the “new covenant in [Jesus'] blood” was given to the dogs…

    When will the apostasy stop?

    All I’m left with is Revelation 22:20. “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

  8. Rev. Reto Watenge
    July 25th, 2010 at 22:41 | #8

    Disgracing. Christ died for mankind and not animals like dogs. Anglican church is surely speaking drawing away from the body of Christ. Another usual even. First gay and hesbian marriage, second gay and hesbian priest. Now, animal communicants.

    Where is the true Anglicans church? Is this fulfilling Christ’s commission to receive and you will be forgiven?
    In these days, when the Son of Man is about to come, there should be events that are unwarranted and evil should prevail in the churches.

  9. Rev. Reto Watenge
    July 25th, 2010 at 22:58 | #9

    Disgracing. Christ died for manking and not animals like dogs. Anglican church is surely moving distance away from the Body of Christ. An other unusual event: First, homosexual marriage, second, homosexual priest ordination and now animals are given the Holy Eurcharist.
    Where is the true Anglican church? Is the Anglican church really fulfilling the Holy Scripture?
    The Anglican church have the Body and Blood of Christ become inferior and its holiness have been ruin.
    When the Son of Man is about to come, such events will happen in the churches. Be aware and you will be saved from those gnostic doctrines and practices.

  10. Rob Buechler
    July 26th, 2010 at 08:45 | #10

    The thought that comes to me is from the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Do not give what is holy to dogs…” That includes the animal as well as pagan people. I don’t see Jesus smiling on this, but weeping over the continued lack of faith and discernment amongst those who call themselves Christian.

    Rob Buechler

  11. July 26th, 2010 at 10:08 | #11

    Mainline Protestantism is based on the American middle class obsession with self-affirmation. This is also why there is also a psycho-therapy obsession in our society.

    The problem that they address is essentially with how American construct the self. We are all told growing up in this country that we can create ourselves and that the sky is the limit. There is no sense that we are something determined and that we have a certain role in God’s creation (orders of creation, natural law, etc.). If are in reality not determined by anything, then we are divine. Being divine, we are nevertheless situated in definite historical circumstances. This reminds us of the Gnostic concept of the divine self trapped in matter.

    Here’s where the Mainline Protestant church-service and psycho-therapy come in. The problem with claiming all these things about our unlimited divine character is that they are factually untrue. When reality hits and the sky isn’t the limit, it make people who are trained to self-affirm unable to deal with it. So, the Mainline Protestant church-service is meant to help people feel good about themselves in spite of the fact that reality says that they are limited and sinful. If you listen to a Mainline Protestant sermon, that’s the sort of Jesus you get. Jesus just goes around affirming everyone, when the Pharisees goal is apparently to make everyone feel bad about themselves. The Church’s mission in this schema is to communicate and mediate to others the affirmation that Jesus gave back then now. It’s easy to see why Mainline Protestant biblical scholarship also favors Gnostic Gospels (i.e. Elaine Pagels). Their conception is Gnostic. Good people stuck in bad creation, informed of their value by the secret knowledge Jesus brings.

    This is why there is the obsession with gay marriage as well. This dog thing is just the ultimate absurdity that this sort of thing reaches.

  12. July 26th, 2010 at 10:59 | #12

    As a side note: the book The Children of Men by P.D. James is a fictional story about a future time when the entire human race is suddenly and mysteriously unable to reproduce. There is a scene in the book where kittens are baptized in a church service. I thought of that novel when I read the article, since this seems to be a case of life immitating art.

    Is the Anglican Church so hard up for members that it will consider something like this “neat”? What’s next: Anglican missionaries to animal shelters?

  13. EricShreds
    July 26th, 2010 at 11:40 | #13

    is it horrible of me to think whether this dog had been baptized before taking communion? :P

  14. Mike Baker
    July 26th, 2010 at 14:54 | #14

    @EricShreds

    Oh thank goodness. I thought I was the only one wretched enough to be thinking about stuff like that. After the original shock wore off I thought………. did this dog examine himself?

  15. Lindsey
    July 26th, 2010 at 15:00 | #15

    I think a story like this is so indicative of our society moving in a direction where people are no longer content to let dogs be dogs and cats be cats. The overall impression I get whenever I step into a pet store or look at a Drs. Foster and Smith catalogue is a “humanizing” of animals, especially beloved pets. If people already dress up their dog in Halloween costumes, dresses, and pajamas (the popularity of those products obviously means there’s a big market for them) why should we be surprised when the same dog gets Communion from a mainline, liberal Protestant Church? In many cases, the church echoes what’s going on in the culture. And the culture seems to moving in a direction more and more in which pets are put on the same level as humans.

  16. EGK
    July 26th, 2010 at 16:55 | #16

    Lindsey, those are excellent obeservations. Perhaps it goes back to the early Disney nature films which turn cute animals into “little people in fur coats.” And you have ethicists like the notorious Peter Singer of Princeton who actually see animals as superior to humans because they do not plunder the earth of its resources (but that is something that could have an entire thread by itself).

    There is a sense in which Christ has redeemed the whole of creation, but it is always viewed in relation to humanity. We were created in the image of God. When our first parents fell, they brought the curse upon all of creation. With the conquest of sin, death, and devil for us, we now look forward to the new heavens and new earth, as creation is released from its bondage to decay. Paul talks about this in Romans 8.

    But of course this is no excuse for communing the beasts. We are to be stewards of creation under the terms that God has given us, and not to do things He does command because it makes us feel good.

  17. Aaron
    July 26th, 2010 at 18:02 | #17

    @Mike Baker

    This one’ll really spin your wheels: Did the dog believe in the real presence?

  18. Mike Baker
    July 26th, 2010 at 21:02 | #18

    @Aaron

    Oh no! Maybe the dog was one of those receptionists who thinks that his faith makes it a sacrament! …or his inner poochiness ascends to heaven to commune. :P

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