In Australia, Sacrilege Sells – UPDATED

Sacrilege

In the ersatz world of Big Advertising, sex sells.  Apparently, so does outrageous blasphemy. I just ran across this ad for the Australian spread AussieMite, depicting a young woman dipping a consecrated host into the brown paste, then offering it to the bishop.  "It's sacrilicious!" the ad says. The company describes its product as “a delicious premium savoury spread, leading on taste, nutrition and the finest quality ingredients.  Yeast-based, non-GM and gluten-free, it re-defines … [Read more...]

THE FRUIT OF HER WOMB: John Meets His Cousin for the First Time

Visitation 1

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, that day when the pregnant Mary travels from Nazareth to Bethany in the hill country to visit her older cousin Elizabeth.  Mary seeks support, advice, perhaps a shoulder to cry on—for she must have worried what people would think, seeing her condition.  Wouldn’t they be scandalized?  And what does it all mean? Elizabeth, seeing Mary approach along the road, rushes out to greet her. To Mary’s delight, Elizabeth—long childless, and … [Read more...]

El Colacho: Corpus Christi and the Devil’s Leap

Baby jumping in Spain

If you are a baby in the town of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, Spain, LOOK OUT! Around the world, Catholics and some other Christians celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi two weeks after Pentecost, the Sunday following Trinity Sunday on the liturgical calendar. This year, the feast will be celebrated in the United States on Sunday, June 2. On the feast, which is also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Catholics honor Christ fully present, Body and Blood, … [Read more...]