….Here’s the first problem: We have a growing inability to think clearly. Reasoning requires time. It demands a reverence for the lessons of history, for the genealogy of ideas, and the testing and comparison of arguments against learned truths. But the America we have today is a culture built on marketing — and marketing works in exactly the opposite way.

….Hope and imagination grow out of our belief in the grandeur of creation and a higher purpose to our lives. If all we are is intelligent carbon — then hope and imagination are just quirks of the species. And so is any talk about the sanctity of the human person….

What all of this means for American Catholics and our 200-year struggle to fit into mainstream American culture should be obvious. We succeeded. But in the process, we’ve been digested and bleached out by the culture, rather than leavening it in a fertile way with a distinctive Catholic witness. Mr. Biden’s apostasy on the abortion issue is only the most repugnant example. He’s not alone. But in a sane world, his unique public leadership would make — or should make — public consequences unavoidable.

When you freely break communion with the Church of Jesus Christ and her teachings, you can’t pretend to be in communion when it’s convenient. That’s a form of lying. Mr. Biden is not in communion with the Catholic faith. And any priest who now provides Communion to the president participates in his hypocrisy.

…. The Eucharist is not merely a metaphor, or a purely spiritual event, or a symbol. It’s the living body and blood of Jesus Christ, brought about with bread and wine through the ministry of the priest. If it were merely a symbol, as the great American Catholic author Flannery O’Connor once said, “then to hell with it.” But that’s not what she believed, and it’s not what the Eucharist is. The Eucharist is God incarnate, tangibly present among the worshipers, in accord with Luke 22:19-20, Matthew 18:20, and John 6:48-58. And this is why, throughout Christian history, beginning with St. Paul, the Church has attached such deep reverence to the Eucharistic liturgy.

It’s also why the unworthy reception of the Eucharist, as a kind of mindless habit, is so offensive and ultimately so soul-killing. Abuse of the sacred is a form of contempt for God himself. And sooner or later, that ends badly for the abuser….

The above comes from an Oct. 22 story in Catholic World Report taken from the keynote address by Archbishop Chaput at the Eucharistic Symposium in Arlington, VA.