Firstly, I apologize for posting out of turn. We've had Internet issues lately so this is the first chance I've had to post for a while.
My original blog was about an article that I found last week. The article (and the atheist community's reaction to the article) is pretty interesting. However, as I was re-reading through some of the ACWI blogs that had been posted previously, I was inspired to edit my article blog and comment on a blog from marco paz galusha-luna on July 25. So, the article is first and my comments about the other blog follow.
A student at the University of Central Florida claims his life — and.A hate crime? I know my lack of belief in the Catholic view of Transubstantiation probably lessons the severity of this act for me. Actually, my initial response to this was shock and shame for the Catholic church. Afterwards, however, I tried to put myself in a Catholics shoes- if I really believed that little cracker was indeed the flesh of Christ, perhaps I would be a little put out. Even so, wouldn't graciousness and an explanation of the sacrament been a better reaction than rage? Perhaps no. The lesson to be learned from this ordeal is twofold: 1) Know what you believe and why you believe it. During my involvement in all kinds of youth ministry, I have encountered many teens and young adults who "firmly" hold to a belief and really have no idea why. It always saddens me to see people who "hold to" orthodox Christian beliefs but couldn't debate their way out of a paper bag. 2) Prioritize. The Pharisees in the Bible are excellent examples of zealous religion gone wrong. Jesus continuously deals with the Pharisees in their wrongful prioritization of Biblical truths. Does tradition come before grace? Does love change the rules? When I don't know the answer to those questions, I go back to #1.
afterlife — were threatened by enraged Catholics after he pocketed "the body of
Christ" during a church ceremony, according to a report on myfoxorlando.com.
Webster Cook says he received death threats and eternal damnation after he
removed a wafer of bread from his mouth during communion and smuggled it from
the church in a Ziploc bag.
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Though Cook returned
the wafer one week after the theft, outraged Catholics were unforgiving,
according to WFTV.com.
“We don’t know 100 percent what Mr.
Cook's motivation was,” Susan Fani, a spokeswoman with the local Catholic diocese,
told myfoxorlando.com. “However, if anything were to
qualify as a hate crime, to us this seems like this might be it.”
The UCF student leader said he
stole the communion bread, known by Catholics as the Eucharist and believed to
be the body of Christ, to show to his non-Catholic friend.