Monday, July 26, 2010

Dog Receives Communion

I wish the headline were made up, but it is not.
From The Toronto Sun.
Donald Keith can’t believe the fuss that has been made because a Shepherd received Holy Communion.

The Shepherd called Trapper — a Shepherd mix rescue dog — received the wafer that represents the body of Christ at St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Carlton St.

“This happened a month ago,” Keith said. “One church parishioner had a problem with it. This morning (Wednesday) I wake up and see it on the news that some guy’s dog received communion. Then I go to the dog park and people were talking about it being on the radio.”

When Trapper received communion, Keith was a new member of the church, where pets are allowed.

“The minister welcomed me and said come up and take communion, and Trapper came up with me and the minister gave him communion as well. Then he bent his head and said a little prayer,” Keith said.

“I thought it was a nice way to welcome me into the church,” he said. “I thought it was acceptable.

“There was an old lady in the front just beaming when she saw this,” Keith said. “Ninetynine-point-nine per cent of the people in the church love Trapper and the kids play with him.

“It was just one person who got his nose out of joint and went to the head of the Anglican Church,” he said. “Holy smokes. We are living in the downtown core. This is small stuff. I thought it was innocent and it made me think of the Blessing of the Animals.”

The church has since told Keith he and his dog are most welcome at the church, but Trapper can no longer receive communion.

“This has blown me away. The church is even getting e-mails from Catholics,” he said.

Everything is fine, said Peggy Needham, the deputy people’s warden at the church.

“The backlash is from just one person. Something happened that won’t happen again. Something our interim priest did spontaneously,” Needham said.

“This person went to the top and e-mailed our Bishop to make a fuss and change things,” she said. “But he misjudged our congregation.”
Matthew 7:6 needs to be taken literally this time.

The only good thing is that Anglicans do not have a valid Eucharist, so this wasn't the True Presence of the Lord.


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Tip o' the hat to my buddy Mark and CC.

10 comments:

Mike the Geek said...

As an Anglican, please be aware that we believe we indeed do have a valid Eucharist, with Jesus present as Body and Blood. That wouldn't be true with a female "priestess" presiding, but those participating would believe it did. I'm not saying that to pick a fight with Catholics, but to emphasize that this really is every bit as bad as it seems.

I hope the umm... clergyperson involved is just an airhead; the thought of it being deliberate is horrifying. There are certainly people in scripture whose body and/or blood were consumed by dogs - Ahab and Jezebel. To deliberately do the same to the Body and Blood of the Lord is demonic.

Prayers for the wide acceptance of Anglicanorum Coetibus would be greatly appreciated.

Marcel said...

Mike - Nor would I be picking a fight to say that just because you believe it is valid does not make it so. The Catholic Church does not believe that Anglican clergy are validly ordained or that you have a valid Eucharist.

Mike the Geek said...

Yeah, I know. I wasn't trying to beat that particular dog. Just wanted to point out the seriousness of the offense. You can commit Attempted Murder with a defective pistol, as long as the intent is present. We can save the "defective" discussion for anopther time and place - and I'm not sure I even want to go there. I am more convinced daily that the whole Protestant experiment has been a mistake and a disaster from day one.

Marcel said...

I guess you don't have a dog in this fight (pun intended).

Mike the Geek said...

Cry "Havoc..."

Bad Catholic said...

Looks like the Anglican Church really has gone to the dogs!

DCoffey said...

Excuse me, but I believe the Anglican Communion is considered to have valid apostolic succession, and therefore valid priests and Eucharist. That's why Anglican priests, when converting to Roman Catholicism, are allowed to still exercise their priestly calling, even when married.

Marcel said...

dcoffey - that is not correct. All Anglican/Episcopal priests who become Catholic priests must be ordained.

Mike the Geek said...

Sadly correct - the validity of Anglican orders has been a sticking point twixt Roman and Brit since Elizabeth's day. In the case of today's Episcopal Church - and now the Church of England - the admission of women to the episcopate pretty much makes any arguments moot for those two groups. The traditional Anglican groups fall into two broad categories: some are pretty much evangelical Protestant in their ecclesiology; others are Anglo-Catholic, Some of thos (and, I hope, mine) are likely to take advantage of Benedict's offer in Anglicanorum Coetibus. Otherwise, I may have some agonizing decidions to make...

Marcel said...

Mike - you will remain in my prayers.