November 30, 2020

Things NOT To Do At A Catholic Mass: Lesson One

UPDATE: Wafergate seems to have been resolved.

If you are the PM of Canada, don’t appear to pocket the host.

More on this story at the Holy Post.


  1. I’m having a hard time figuring out what the story is here. Has anyone criticized the PM for this? Seems like a perfectly innocent mistake…one that I observe at just about every Catholic wedding I attend. The priest should’ve been more careful, but mistakes happen, you know.

    iMonk: What Flannery O’Connor quote are you referring to?

    Random observation: Roman Catholics rarely use say “RC” amongst ourselves. The first time I heard anyone say this, my first thought was “Radio Controlled Church?”

  2. “I was once, five or six years ago, taken by some friends to have dinner with Mary McCarthy and her husband, Mr. Broadwater. (She just wrote that book, A Charmed Life.) She departed the Church at the age of 15 and is a Big Intellectual. We went at eight and at one, I hadn’t opened my mouth once, there being nothing for me in such company to say…. Having me there was like having a dog present who had been trained to say a few words but overcome with inadequacy had forgotten them.

    Well, toward morning the conversation turned on the Eucharist, which I, being the Catholic, was obviously supposed to defend. Mrs. Broadwater said when she was a child and received the host, she thought of it as the Holy Ghost, He being the most portable person of the Trinity; now she thought of it as a symbol and implied that it was a pretty good one. I then said, in a very shaky voice, Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it.”

  3. I’m not Catholic and that quote doesn’t offend me. Though, I am proclaiming myself agnostic on the issue. I also think whether it’s the *Real Presence* or not that many Protestant groups don’t treat it with appropriate reverence.

  4. I think the quote, while being a bit inept and illogical, is charming and also true at its core. I’m sorry you’ve heard it used as a description of your creed.

    But to be frank, in our Church, symbolism is a penny a pound. And the Eucharist is very costly for us, in terms of emotional involvement, fasting, preparation, confession, adoration and so on, and if it’s just another symbol, then, yes, to Hell with it. We’ve plenty of those already.

    It’s like a magician who promises to pull a rabbit out of his hat. He might pull out a few handkerchiefs to build up the crowd’s anticipation, but if, in the end, he doesn’t actually have a rabbit in there, then spare us and get off the stage already!

  5. Curtis



  6. Michael,
    Sorry, I did not mean to insinuate anything about anyone else’s practice. I think we can agree on the broader point, that if Jesus is a symbol, then to Hell with Christianity.