So while we were gone, there has apparently been what we in the business call a "minor shitstorm" concerning a kid in Florida who went to a Catholic Mass, received his body of Christ, didn't eat it, has received death-threats, been denounced by Bill Donohoe, etc, etc. One of the bloggers I link to, Paul Myers, made fun of the situation, has also received death threats, and had his job threatened by Bill Donohoe. Lots of digital ink has been spilled in this regard, so I feel somewhat obligated to do the same.
So in support of Dr. Myers, I sent this letter to the University of Minnesota Morris administration. I'm sure it will do lots of good.
In my opinion, while I consider what Dr. Myers advocated to be tasteless and silly, it's inconceivable (perhaps I don't know what that word means) that it warrants any kind of response from the administration of UMM.
This situation to me seems like a textbook example of a group of people taking an unexamined belief much too seriously. After all, if the guy had eaten the cracker, the body of christ would now primarily be fecal matter. Maybe this will spur an examination of this and other oddly strange customs, and perhaps even lead to a movement within the Catholic church to begin "mainlining Christ." Of course that would put the pressure onto the kidneys (not to mention make "piss Christ" a mundane piece of art). But on the positive side, Catholics everywhere could say unequivocably that Christ is #1.
Hope this helps,
Good interview here.