Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Canadian Prime Minister Under Fire For Pocketing a Communion Wafer

July 8, 2009 by The Canadian Press
From Telegraph Journal:
A senior New Brunswick Roman Catholic priest is demanding the Prime Minister's Office explain what happened to the sacramental communion wafer Stephen Harper was given at Roméo LeBlanc's funeral mass.

During communion at the solemn and dignified service held last Friday in Memramcook for the former governor general, the prime minister slipped the thin wafer that Catholics call "the host" into his jacket pocket.

In Catholic understanding, the host - once consecrated by a priest for the Eucharist - becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is crucial that the small wafer be consumed when it is received. Read more
(via The Star and Pharyngula)

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