Update on Eucharistic desecration

As I write this I have tears welling in my eyes.

"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." - St. Maximilian Kolbe

Minnesota professor endorses YouTube videos of Eucharistic desecrations

Posted: 01 Oct 2008 08:50 AM CDT

St. Paul, Oct 1, 2008 / 12:49 am (CNA).- Paul Zachary Myers, a science blogger and biology professor at the University of Minnesota at Morris who posted on his blog what he claimed was a desecrated Eucharistic Host, has now promoted the YouTube videos of a person also purporting to show other such desecrations.

In July Myers wrote on his blog Pharyngula that he pierced a Host with a rusty nail and then threw it in the trash alongside coffee grounds, banana peels, and pages torn respectively from the Koran and a book by the atheist polemicist Richard Dawkins. He posted photos apparently corroborating his claims.

He said he did such acts in response to the case of a Florida university student who publicly removed a Host from a Catholic Mass held on campus and did not return it for a week.

In a September 29 post on Pharyngula, Myers promoted the videos of a YouTube poster called “FSMDude.”

“FSMDude” has posted several videos purporting to show various acts of Eucharistic desecration. In one video, a Host is flushed down the toilet. In other videos, Hosts are fed to ducks or other animals, put in a blender, or shot with a nail gun.

Myers’ post references a commentary on the Catholic site HeadlineBistro.com discussing the YouTube videos.

Noting that the Catholic site does not provide links fearing to boost the popularity of the activity, Myers said: “Here you go,” directing his readers to “FSMDude’s” YouTube page.

According to the blog ranking site Technorati.com, Pharyngula is ranked 94th in overall popularity as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Gosh, maybe more people will be publicly committing heresy now!” Myers sneered, confusing heresy with sacrilege.

“Get over it,” Myers told outraged Catholics. “As long as people aren't disrupting your services or pilfering chalices, there has been no interference with your religious freedom, and no harm done.”

Responding to reports that FSMDude cited Myers’ original act as inspiration, Myers said: “This is great! Everyone should join in! It makes me so pleased to see growing, vocal opposition to the fundamental absurdity of religion, do keep it up.”

Thomas Serafin, president of the International Crusade for Holy Relics, called for YouTube to pull the videos.

“YouTube has to be held accountable and stopped,” Serafin told HeadlineBistro.com. “If Catholics don’t take a stand right now, they can expect such outrages to continue.”

“The internet is, in many ways, a new world, and it is our duty to evangelize this world, but we have to speak up and be heard to do that.”"

..."As long as people aren't disrupting your services or pilfering chalices, there has been no interference with your religious freedom, and no harm done.”... I have to ask, "How is you came by the Host?" I am alarmed that other than Catholics no one seems to know about this (or care). If this professor stated he was going to flush a Qu'ran down the toilet, his life would be in danger and it would have made it to every news program and paper for weeks. Christians and Protestants alike would haw decried such an act. Has Christ not suffered enough for the likes of us, we unfaithful sinners?

Act of Praise and Reparation for Blasphemy

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God
be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored
and glorified in Heaven, on earth,
and under the earth,
by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
- Sr. Marie of St Peter, 1844

The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.

My earlier article may be seen here and here...
de Brantigny


Anonymous said...

This is indeed terrible! And you're right, if it had been a Koran desecrated, the outrage would have been tremendous and Christians of all denominations would have condemmed the act. A Christian symbol... nothing.

de Brantigny said...

Please tell everyone you know, in every country.

The 2nd reading last Sunday says in part "every knee shall bend, in Heaven and in hell..."

de Brantigny

Elisa said...

Will his employer (the university) take disciplinary action for his outrageous behavior? I doubt it. Maybe nothing more than a letter of reprimand from a university administrator.

de Brantigny said...

I believe that in an earlier article it was discussed, but IT is his first amendment right. Ugh.

de Brantigny

Suzanne said...

This man has only brought disgrace upon himself. God cannot be crucifed again. The disrespect he brought upon himself now was the humiliation that Jesus experienced at the scourging and crucifiction. All the pain and suffering HE experienced at that time was for all time.
...And God loving people, are apalled. He may be pledging agnostic but in this action he shows his fear of the power of God. He cannot harm the believers, it is our disgust of his actions that show our Love and Faithfulness for the Body of Christ .