posted on Dec, 29 2003 @ 11:30 PM
The media is helping get the word out from Catholic Archdiocese about the flu risks from partaking in communion.
(CBS/AP) The Boston Archdiocese is asking parishioners with cold or flu symptoms to forgo long-standing traditions of Mass — including communion and
shaking hands as a symbol of peace — to avoid spreading the illnesses.
But it's a fine line between faith and pragmatism: "While at this time we do not advocate refraining from offering the cup, we made suggestions that
anyone who had symptoms or who would be vulnerable to contagion refrain," archdiocesan spokesman the Rev. Christopher Coyne told the Boston Herald
for its editions Wednesday, one day before Christmas.
My questions, or rather confusion on this issue regard the dogmatic beliefs in Trans-substantiation and Intiction. I'm not trying to argue against
the Catholic beliefs, but if you have faith that the act of Communion actually transform the wine into the physical blood of Christ, and the wafer
into his flesh... aren't there any sanctified protections built in?
The Intinction angle is the on-going debate in Catholicsm that simply placing the wafer in your hand doesn't cut it... the priest must feed you like
Jesus for Trans-substantiation to take place. (My apologies if I understate, please elaborate if you are Catholic.)
But the flu/SARS scare is just the most recent of historical attacks on the trans-substantiation, and plea for communal cup sharing and submission by
mouth. Some backwoods protestant churches still preach Catholics are cannibals. (No offense to Catholics or Protestants... but it's not exactly a new
spin in the protestant movement.)
Really the flu scare just brought it back to my attention, but I'd like any and all input and links to the trans-substantiation debate and the like.
The problem as I understand it, is that this is one belief that can be scientifically disproven. I think the flu scare just adds to weaken the stance
on trans-substantiation. I recall hearing an of an official Papal investitagtion some years ago to 'prove' exactly when the change takes place. The
result of course was 'right after ingestion'. More proof you need "faith". (a-hem).