Remember back in July when a consecrated communion wafer fell on a church’s floor, was placed in water, and turned red?
A number of Catholics were acting like the Pope had knocked on their front door: they were way too excited about something that was bound to be anti-climactic.
[St. Augustine Church Rev. John Echert] added: “I’ve never in my 24 years as a priest seen or been aware of a phenomenon where a consecrated host placed in water turns to this bright-colored red and continues in what I would call the blood-red color.”
Word of the wondrous wafer eventually landed on several Catholic websites and blogs, sparking discussion and conjecture by some that it resembles the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.
Well, we have an update on the Miracle Wafer: Turns out — you might want to sit down for this — it had nothing to do with Jesus!
Twin Cities archdiocese officials said Wednesday that the discoloration was instead caused by a fungus.
“Exhaustive biological analysis by an independent scientific laboratory has determined that the reddish coloration on the Holy Communion host fragment that was kept in a water solution after it was discovered on the floor of St. Augustine Church … was caused by a fungus. The host in question has been disposed of in a manner prescribed by church law.
“While the Catholic Church fully recognizes the possibility of miracles and remains open to their possibility, it does so with extreme scrutiny, investigation and care. This incident was the result of natural biological causes and should not be considered in any other way.”
So the Church used Science to disprove something its own people were taking on faith… I suppose we have to give them credit for doing the right thing. It would’ve been incredibly easy to just call it a “miracle” and let the masses savor the “mystery.”
(Note to Science: Don’t leave the building! They’ve let the fox in the henhouse! Let’s see what else you can disprove!)
(Thanks to Pat for the link!)