Tuesday, 29 July 2008

On P. Z. Myers' desecration of the Eucharist

(Taken from Wikipedia, since I'm no storyteller...)
"In a talk show featuring Myers on Catholic Radio International, hosted by Jeff Gardner, Myers confirmed that he had been sent an unspecified number of consecrated hosts and said that he intended to “subject them to heinous cracker abuse.” When asked by Gardner to explain why he must do so, Myers said that Donohue of the Catholic League was insisting that he acknowledge the Body of Christ in the Eucharist. Gardner pointed out that Donohue had no authority to insist that anyone acknowledge the body of Christ in the Eucharist. When Gardner asked Myers who, having the Magisterial authority of the Catholic Church, had insisted that he recognize the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, Myers said that no one from the Catholic Church had contacted him. On July 24, PZ Myers, in his post, "The Great Desecration," wrote that he had pierced the "cracker" with a rusty nail and simply threw it in the trash together with old coffeegrounds and a banana peel. He added a few ripped-out pages of the Qur'an and The God Delusion, and included a photograph of these items in the garbage. He wrote that nothing must be held sacred and encouraged people to question everything."

Is this a big deal? Some atheist deciding that we Catholics are taking something too seriously and deciding to do something about it? At least he didn't kidnap Catholics and demand a miracle else he's start killing his hostages or something :)

But seriously, what is the big deal? I know we Catholics are supposed to revere the Eucharist but that doesn't mean any act against it will cause us to rise up like the Muslims when someone desecrates the Qu'ran or defames Prophet Muhammad. Atheism, however, IS a big deal, especially the religion-hating kind. In fact, hate in itself is a big deal because it colors one's perception- makes one focus on one's ideas of right and wrong to the exclusion of everybody's else. That's why people wrapped up in hate can do anything- they reason that since the world is against them/has hurt them in some way, they are perfectly within they rights to partake in revenge, no matter how extreme. We Catholics (and Christians too) are called to anti-hate (i.e. love). We love everybody no matter how they have wronged us or sinned. We are to love the saint and the sinner in the same manner. I believe this is why no Catholic priest or religious have said anything about the desecration yet. How is Dr Myers' act different from the many many wrongs done to us Catholics? How is it worse than Muslim terrorists targeting Catholic nuns in Iraq?

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