|Michael Coren/Peter J. Thompson/National Post|
Q: You left the Catholic Church for three years in the 1990s, worshiping in various evangelical and Anglican churches. Why did you leave?A: Not really for particularly good reasons. (Kinda like now, eh?). I had written a piece about (the late) Cardinal (Aloysius) Ambrozic for Toronto Life, and that’s a very long story, and I still don’t really think I did anything wrong, but it was a very difficult time. I was being sort of personally attacked by the Cardinal and his people. I quoted him saying things that were not very Christ-like, I suppose. He had called someone a name. He was a very harsh man. … I just thought I needed a closer relationship with Christ at that time. I just wanted something simpler, a relationship rather than a religion. (Mr. Coren is asserting a dichotomy between religion and personal communion with Christ that he, informed husband with a faithful Catholic wife that he is, should know is untenable and unnecessary. What exactly is Michael Coren saying? Is he actually blaming Cardinal Ambrozic for his own lack of faith? Why is it that people insist on holding on to the past when it is so obviously debilitating to do so? Is he saying he is ruled by his feelings and that his feelings say he cannot have a personal intimate communion with Christ in the Catholic Church? Since when do feelings trump supernatural faith? What can be more intimate than the worthy reception of the most Holy Eucharist? If, indeed, Michael Coren is ruled by his feelings, that would account for his apparent blindness to the possibility of meeting Christ in the Eucharist. As he has stated elsewhere, he has a beef with the teaching of the Church regarding human sexuality, and so he has left the building in protest. At least by leaving, the doubting Mr. Coren is more honest that many so-called and self proclaimed "devout" Catholics who dissent from Church teaching and who attempt to manipulate and corrupt the faithful from within the Church.)Q: What brought you back?A: It was really the pull of the Eucharist. It really was that. That is a centrepiece of worship for me.Q: It is not exclusive to the Catholic Church. The same sacrament is given elsewhere.A: That’s why I’m now in the Anglican Church.
Centuries ago, Anglican's rejected the sacrificial language of the Church. The implications of that rejection are Anglican orders are invalid and the Anglican eucharist is not valid (cf. Apostolicae Curae).
With the development of the Anglican Ordinariate, changes were made to the Anglican liturgy which reestablished the sacrificial language and character of the liturgy that makes for a valid consecration of the bread and wine which become the Body and Blood of Christ.
If Mr. Coren knows that the Anglican Church of Canada liturgy does not result in a valid consecration, then by believing he is worshipping the Body and Blood of Christ, which the Anglican (ACoC/TEC/CofE/ACNA/etc.) eucharist is not, he is knowingly committing idolatry. I.e., worshipping mere bread and wine. Yikes!
Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that should betray him. And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. Jesus said to the twelve, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”—St. John 6:60-69
Holy Mother Church is waiting with open arms should Michael Coren reconsider his brief, for the moment at least, vacation from the Catholic Faith.
Pray for Michael; pray for his wife and children.
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman: pray for them.