”I am a Catholic who supports gay marriage, married priests as well as female priests. I believe confession is nothing more than nice way to receive spiritual guidance and not the only way to receive forgiveness. Again I will say… . The Holy Eucharist is the most important thing in my life. I love my Church and it’s worth fixing. That’s what Jesus in Blue Jeans is all about. Bringing Christ back into Christianity. Finding answers and exposing the truths. I hope you’re with me!”
From the description of a new blog, jesusinbluejeans.
While I find such devotion to the Blessed Sacrament beautiful, and I have no problem with trying to make Jesus seem “cool” (my own blog title proclaims Him as the Heppest of Hepcats), I must take issue with a few things, particularly the author’s view of Confession. If “Bringing Christ back into Christianity” is the goal (which of course begs the questions of when He left, where He went, and why), then it makes little sense to cut Him out of a Sacrament by reducing it to mere “spiritual guidance”. Few educated Catholics would claim that Reconciliation is the “only way to receive forgiveness”; the relevant Catechism sections (1422-1484) make it clear that interior penance and daily conversion is necessary, but that the Sacrament itself is a liturgical expression of one’s contrition that is needed for forgiveness of mortal sin. This is possible because of the presence of the priest, acting as an alter Christus. To deny the Sacrament’s power is to remove Christ from it, deny Christ’s ability to act through His priests, and thus removes Him from the Eucharist as well. If we can no longer see Jesus in Christianity, perhaps it is because we the faithful have attempted to remove Him, and we should change ourselves rather than the Holy Church that He instituted. This goes, of course, for all manner of sinful behavior as well as any doctrinal unorthodoxy that so denies the power of Christ.