First there was non-Catholic Sally Quinn, co-editor of On Faith and wife of my hero, displaying incredible religious ignorance or insensitivity when she took communion at the funeral for her friend, Tim Russert. Here was her reaction:
I had only taken communion once in my life, at an evangelical church. It was soon after I had started "On Faith" and I wanted to see what it was like. Oddly I had a slightly nauseated sensation after I took it, knowing that in some way it represented the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Last Wednesday I was determined to take it for Tim, transubstantiation notwithstanding. I'm so glad I did. It made me feel closer to him.
Wow. Really missed the point there, unless Russert died for her sins (not to denigrate the saintly journalist or our Lord).
Then a University of Central Florida student claimed he was receiving death threats for "smuggling" the communion wafer out of church.
Webster Cook says he smuggled a Eucharist, a small bread wafer that to Catholics symbolic ...1