Sunday, May 03, 2009

Church rules on swine flu II

I mentioned a few days ago that the Catholic Church has changed some of its practices due to the swine flu disease.

I was advised by a reliable source that parishoners did not take the communion wine today. But the priest did. There was no "sign of peace" apart from the "smile" of peace. There was no touching of holy water.

But my source did witness a couple of old ladies kissing each other after one of the services.

But it does beg the question:If holy water really is holy, and the wine is transubstantiated, as per Catholic teaching, surely the teaching of the church would conclude that Gods holiness is more powerful than swine flu - or any illness, and such a stance is not warranted?

Obviously not. Could it be that perhaps God is powerful but holy water and communion wine is just like any other wine that is not blessed. Like the glass of water I`ll be having with lunch today.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe wine & holy water are just symbolic gestures of a holy ritual. Many people (including myself) find comfort in the belief that their is something greater than ones self.

May 3, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Clifford Herman said...

I agree with zoe858. There is nothing inthe wine but more the significance and symbol it stands for. That Jesus died and that death meant somthing for all of us - i.e. a life better that we all have right now.
One could debate the fermentation or not of the wine.... that leads to another point.

May 9, 2009 at 7:19 PM  

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