I've got happy memories connected with the town, but the recent news from Morris isn't good.
Sacrilege in Central MinnesotaAn associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is bragging that he put a rusty nail through a consecrated Host, and did the same to some pages from the Quran and from a book written by atheist Richard Dawkins: and threw the whole mess in the trash. (More at my "Quran, Eucharist, Atheist Book Nailed by Equal-Opportunity Desecrator" Another War-on-Terror Blog (August 4, 2008).)
As a devout Catholic, I'm appalled.
I learned about the incident in yesterday's homily at Our Lady of the Angels, here in Sauk Centre. After the mass, my son asked me why I was "moody" during the homily. Under the circumstances, "moody" was doing pretty well. For me, anyway.
Desecration of the Eucharist by State University Associate ProfessorAside from telling what happened, the parish priest passed along what I'm copying out of TheCatholicSpirit.com, the official publication of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Reprinted as "Diocese 'horrified' by blogger's attack on Eucharist" in The Visitor, St. Cloud Diocese (July 31, 2008)):
"Father Baltes [parish priest at The Assumption Parish, Morris] addressed the issue in his parish's July 20 bulletin. He said that, while the attack on the Eucharist is grievous, it can be a teachable moment.
" 'The scandalous article that was written can become for us a golden opportunity to deepen our fath and love for the Lord in the Eucharist,' he said.
"Father Baltes wrote that Catholics can respond by doing four things:
- 'Let us be clear about what we believe,' he wrote. 'At the heart of the Eucharistic celebration are the bread and wine that, by the words of Christ and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, become Christ's body and blood,' he said, citing a passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- 'Let us give evidence to what we believe in the way we approach and receive holy Communion,' he wrote, urging reverence and 'full awareness of whom we receive.'
- 'Let us pray for this professor and others who may share his opinions,' he wrote. 'Only the power of prayer, spoken out of love, can transform any human heart.'
- 'Let [the university] know the outrage we feel at such a blatant attack on the Catholic Church's beliefs and what she holds to be most holy.'
What to Do?It seems pretty straightforward:
- For personal understanding of, and appreciation for, the Eucharist
- That we show reverence for the Eucharist when we receive it
- For a loving transformation of the hearts of Paul Myers and others who share his opinions
- Respectfully but firmly, let the university leaders know how we feel about this outrage.
- Jacqueline Johnson
University of Minnesota-Morris
309 Behmler Hall
600 East 4th St.
Morris, MN 56267
- Robert Bruininks
University of Minnesota
202 Morrill Hall
100 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
How Do I Feel About This?My son's "moody" is a pretty good start. I'm appalled, horrified, saddened, angry: well, you get the point.
On top of everything else, since I live in the state of Minnesota, I've been helping to pay associate professor Myer's salary. And, will continue to do so.
I have some sympathy for the U. of M., Morris, administrators. They may be torn between their allegiances to tolerance and "academic freedom." On the other hand, as soon as I get a good night's sleep, and calm down a bit more, I'm going to put together a letter, explaining just how much I appreciate being forced to support this sacrilege.
- "Desecration of Eucharist leads to calls for action, prayer"
TheCatholicSpirit.com (July 29, 2008)
- "Let us be clear about what we believe" (Father Timothy Baltes' bulletin article)
Father Timothy Baltes
Assumption Parish, Morris (July 29, 2008)
- "U of M prof's actions reprehensible, but school fails to act"
TheCatholicSpirit.com (July 29, 2008)
- "Article 3 The Sacrament of the Eucharist"
Catechism of the Catholic Church, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' website
(1322-1419: Father Baltes drew attention particularly to 1333 and 1374)