539: IS HOLY COMMUNION A FORM OF CANNIBALISM?

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I have a backlog of fascinating topics to write about, but as my laptop is in Poland being repaired and I have absent-mindedly left my Kindle on the plane from Barbados things have been slowed down somewhat. The Mac I have been lent (latest model) won’t connect to WordPress, and when it does the Publish button won’t work. The ancient PC I used in the local public library yesterday had a pink screen and the lettering had been scraped off half the keys, but otherwise it worked fine. “These things are sent to try us” as my late mother used to say.

I hope you find today’s article interesting.

In solidarity,

Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”

Is Holy Communion /Mass / The Eucharist a form of cannibalism?

As a teenage communicant I suppressed thoughts like these. It certainly registered that when I participated in Holy Communion I was – in some kind of abstract sense – supposed to be eating the body and drinking the blood of Jesus, but I never thought of it as being like eating (raw) flesh like underdone beef, or drinking a real man’s exsanguinations. My imagination ‘knew’ where not to go: mine was a polite genteel version of Anglicanism!

Catholic actor Dominic West (did you see him as a Baltimore detective in The Wire? Fantastic!) had no such inhibitions in his recent (London) Evening Standard interview. This is definitely the sort of thing Zingcreed deals in.
Here is what the interviewer, C.H. Edwardes wrote:
Is he still a practising Catholic? “Not really, no,” he says. He tried taking (his) little ones to Mass “because that’s what I used to do, and because I wanted them to learn to sit still. They were bored stiff. Then I had the brilliant idea  of telling them what was going on. I said ‘you know what the priest is doing, don’t you?’ and my little boy shook his head. I said ‘He’s eating Jesus. Eating Jesus! And now he’s going to drink Jesus’s blood.’ My son was rapt.
I’ve always found the idea of transubstantiation a bit abstract, but it’s just cannibalism. I said ‘And now he’s going to chop up and eat some of Jesus’s flesh. See that? I’m going to go and get some. Do you want to come?’

Source: Evening Standard 11 March 2016 page 27

 

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