|A man 'desperate' to receive Holy Communion under the 'Athanasius proposal'|
The 'breakthrough initiative' is thus: At this time of crisis in faith in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ and with so many Catholics living in irregular living arrangements or second marriages following divorce, a worldwide ban on the reception of Holy Communion will, under this proposal, come into force from October 2014. Henceforth, the proposal suggests, only monks, nuns, friars, priests, bishops and the popes will be able to receive Holy Communion. There may, possibly, be some kind of dispensation for those in tertiary orders who can convince the relevant authorities that they are living according to the Church's teaching.
The breakthrough compromise is said, so far, to be unpopular in Rome where Communion is seen as 'not a prize for the strong' but 'for any old Tom, Dick, or Henrietta'. When asked about those who feel they are 'desperate' to receive Holy Communion, Bishop Athanasias is reported to have said, "You are 'desperate', are you? Well, if you are really 'desperate' to live for Jesus and receive Him, under my proposal, if you are a man you will become a religious or a priest and if you are a woman, you will become a nun! The Faithful in a state of grace will not die for not receiving Holy Communion, but the unfaithful who receive Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin most certainly will! Sacriligious Communions will take place in my Diocese over my dead body! What is more important to you? Receiving Jesus or seeing Jesus honoured and respected?!"