I have a…errm…reputation for offending Catholics. It’s undeserved, since I try so hard to offend everyone, but also because some Catholics are too easily offended. Can you spot the unforgivable offense the writer is complaining about in this story?
Your April 27 front page had an article, “World government race to contain swine flu outbreak.” The article was from the Associated Press.
A picture of a priest distributing the Eucharist had a caption, “Catholics who entered a closed door Mass line up for a communion wafer Sunday at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City.”
That one line drove Helen Licon to write a letter to the editor.
As a Catholic, I was upset with the term “communion wafer.”
Our faith acknowledges the true and complete presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
The Mass is a Celebration and sacrifice in which the bread and wine is changed into our Lord’s living body and blood (called transubstantiation) by the authority given to the Apostles and handed down through the Church.
The Eucharist is at the heart of our faith, when we receive, we are receiving The Bread of Life.
“I am The Bread of Life” (John 6-48).
Many years ago when I was in a journalism class, I was taught that when you write an article, make sure you have all the correct facts.
This should be even more important when writing about such a important topic as religion.
I respectfully request that this be kept in mind when writing future articles on religion.
Helen, I agree completely with you — accuracy is vital when writing about religion. That’s why, when the Visalia Times-Delta publishes descriptions of Catholic rituals in the future, I insist that they refer to them as “gullible celibates passin’ out crackers”. Or I’ll write them a whiny letter complaining about their lack of respect for my views.