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Vatican: Holocaust Denying Bishop Must 'Recant'

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Ward Cleaver2/04/2009 11:46:38 am PST

re: #599 Throbert McGee

According to my mom and her sisters (all alumnae of pre-Vatican2 Baltimore Catholic schools), it used to be one of things “everyone knows” that if a Host was accidentally dropped on the floor during Communion, the priest was supposed to throw himself bodily on top of it, like a soldier jumping on a grenade. Of course, in this case, the reason was not to prevent the Communion wafer from exploding and sending Jesus-shrapnel into the bodies of innocent bystanders, but rather to ensure that no one would step on it.

Allegedly, the section of carpet within a 12-inch radius of where the Host had landed was supposed to be taken up and burned, lest any microscopic fragments of the wafer end up in the treads of someone’s shoes.

(Again, my mom and aunts never claimed to have seen this happen — it was just one of those things they’d heard as kids.)

That’s why in some churches, altar servers stand near where the host is being give out, with little catchers (a brass plate with a handle attached) to catch anything that might fall.