Saturday, March 29, 2014
Does The Catholic Church Teach That Christ Was Murdered?
In Junglewatch, the NCW is falsely being accused of going against Church teaching. According to Tim Rohr in his blogsite of Junglewatch, he stated:
In an interview with the Hawaii Catholic Herald, Hawaiian-born and recently Guam-ordained priest, Fr. Michael Jucutan, a product of our local Neocatechumenal seminary, noted that his favorite philiospher was Rene Girard.
That would explain a lot (and not just about Jucutan). Girard is best known for his interpretation of Christ's death as a murder and not a sacrifice. Much more to come on this.
The only ones I hear claiming that the NCW teaches that the Eucharist is not a sacrifice are coming from those who oppose the Way. The truth is....the NCW teaches that the Eucharist is BOTH a sacrifice and a meal, and this is aligned with Catholic teaching. Now, they are claiming that the NCW is going against Church teachings by claiming that Christ's death IS a murder. The truth is....the NCW views Christ's death on the cross as BOTH a sacrifice and murder. Apparently, those who oppose the Way only see it as a sacrifice and are unaware of # 312 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church teaches through her Catechism that the death of Christ on the cross was not only a sacrifice, but also a murder. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (The bold is my emphasis):
CCC 312 In time we can discover that God in his almighty providence can bring a good from the consequences of an evil even a moral evil, caused by his creatures. "It was not you", said Joseph to his brothers, "who sent me here, but God.....You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive." From the greatest moral evil ever committed - the rejection and murder of God's only Son, caused by the sins of all men - God, by his grace that "abounded all the more", brought the greatest of goods: the glorification of Christ and our redemption. But for all that, evil never becomes a good.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes on to say that the responsibility of Christ's torture and death was on us, not on the Jewish and Roman leaders alone of that time (See Catechism of the Catholic Church 597-598.)
So, as one can see, even the Catechism of the Catholic Church mentions that Christ was murdered. His murder was caused by our sins. And if this is what the Way teaches, then we are aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church.