I am a cradle Catholic for over sixty years. I have NEVER heard of anyone DRINKING holy water!! Also, the rim of the chalice is wiped clean between each person receiving Communion. Taking the wine is absolutely optional, so nobody would be “in trouble” for declining. Personally, I choose not to take the wine and it is perfectly acceptable.
I'm a Catholic too, but never drink the wine. Nothing like wiping the rim with the same dirty cloth 50 times over! Gross! Herpes! Flu! Strep Throat!
Really, they would do better if they told people how dirty the handles of the gas pumps at the gas stations are!
No I wasn't technically "in trouble" but when he offered the cup, I simply refused. He looked sternly at me and offered again. Again, I politely refused. I've been to services off and on over the years, and not once have I EVER seen anyone, lay leaders, clergy, or altar boys refuse the cup.
Besides, Tigress highlighted my point. You can't wipe away the flu, herpes, etc with a linen napkin. I don't care how well you know your neighbors, it is unsanitary to eat or drink from the same cup as them. I would love to have some scientists test the rim of the Chalice for bacteria after a service. Then see if they don't change the way it's done.
I'm not bashing Catholics, I'm simply saying they could update some methods of communion delivery as we gain more knowledge about germs, that's all.
September 16, 2013 at 1:52pm
I am a cradle Catholic for over sixty years. I have NEVER heard of anyone DRINKING holy water! Where do these things come from!!?
November 28, 2012 at 11:39am
Locked-I agree with you totally. I think that Glen Beck degraded himself and even his audience.
November 18, 2012 at 10:53am
How right you are!!
November 18, 2012 at 10:52am
This priest is simply standing by the tenants of the Church and I am glad to see it! It is not the right of a parish priest to alter the basic beliefs of the Church to accomodate one person.