Thursday, June 08, 2006

Fighting over Jesus

The Washington Post is reporting on the sacrilege that took place on Sunday in the Diocese of St. Paul.

More than 50 gay rights activists wearing rainbow-colored sashes were denied Holy Communion at a Pentecost service Sunday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in St. Paul, Minn., parishioners and church officials said.

In an act that some witnesses called a "sacrilege" and others called a sign of "solidarity," a man who was not wearing a sash received a Communion wafer from a priest, broke it into pieces and handed it to some of the sash wearers, who consumed it on the spot.

Ushers threatened to call the police, and a church employee burst into tears when the unidentified man re-distributed the consecrated wafer, which Catholics consider the body of Christ. But the Mass was not interrupted, and the incident ended peacefully, said Dennis McGrath, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
"It was confrontational, but we decided not to try to arrest the guy," he said.

What happened here? These people were refused the Eucharist so they stole Him by misrepresenting their intentions. Yes, that is a sacrilege. I can only see this situation escalating. I believe the level of sacrilege will increase.

These stories pain me greatly. The level of disrespect shown to the Eucharist both here and on less dramatic occasions is disgraceful. Many priests and extraordinary ministers of Communion don't show the Eucharist the proper respect due to food, never mind proper respect due to God. If they were waiters in restaurants, they would be fired.

Here is an interesting article written by Bishop Kinney from the Diocese of St. Cloud.

1 comment:

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