Started by Coach-Rev, November 18, 2010, 10:00:20 AM
Quote from: peter_speckhard on November 19, 2010, 01:20:54 AMThe problem with any "minimum" is that it can only refer to a Law thing. Private confession/absolution is a gift, which is why we can encourage it but not mandate it, not even once a year. You can't mandate gifts; the minute you do, it is no longer a gift. As soon as you say "once a year" is the attendance minimum, you've implicitly encouraged people toward an entirely wrong view of what they're doing by attending church. So by all means have requirements for voting, such as being 18 or attending a meeting in the last year, or something, but don't attach those requirements to the worship/sacramental life of the church. It messes things up. Pretty soon you're wondering whether standing in the back or reading the newspaper in the cry-room counts as attending.