Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This has rendered Damian Thompson speechless and it has had the same effect on us. But focaccia was used as the host at a Mass in Linz, Austria, and under the appearance of focaccia the Blessed Sacrament was paraded around in this 'monstrance'. That's assuming focaccia is valid matter, which it probably is; it is certainly illicit.

Hat-tip to Cathcon.

As the little film indicates, this is a scandal with global implications. The Pope has done nothing. There is no reason to imagine, things being as they are, that the Pope will do anything. This fact is the backdrop to the problems of the clerical abuse of power faithful Catholics face all over the world.


Fr Ray Blake said...

The problem the Pope faces, as always with national Churches that go astray is they risk of formal schism.
Benedict sees his mission as healing schism, coaxing the errant back.
He needs our prayers and acts of reparation, not our criticism for his charity and his desire to be the Good Shepherd.

Hercules said...

Are we criticising the Pope? We are just making a statement of fact.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...


Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen