Wednesday, July 08, 2009

OMG - busted! Pax vobiscum brothers and sisters!

Good Day Readers:

You've got to love this one from today's National Post - Prime Minister Harper caught red-handed no less. The Banner it used for the article was, HOLY POST - Get down on your knees and blog.

Clare L. Pieuk
Harper accepted host, consumed it, PM’s office says
Posted: July 8, 2009
By Jeremy Barker
Canwest News Service

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office moved swiftly Wednesday to refute allegations that Stephen Harper pocketed a sacramental communion wafer at the funeral mass of Romeo LeBlanc instead of consuming it.

“It’s totally absurd,” the prime minister’s press secretary, Dimitri Soudas, said. “The priest offered the host to the prime minister, the prime minister accepted the host and he consumed it.”

Questions arose following Mr. LeBlanc’s funeral in Memramcook, N.B., last Friday.

Monsignor Brian Henneberry, vicar general and chancellor in the Diocese of Saint John, says a parishioner approached him in the days following the funeral and “expressed concern” that the prime minister accepted the host during the funeral mass, but then slipped it into his pocket instead of eating it.

The Catholic religion dictates that the communion bread, once consecrated by the priest, becomes the body and blood of Christ and must be consumed once accepted.

“So we treat them with great respect and so we have very strict rules,” Monsignor Henneberry said. “If they said he consumed it, then that’s all right.”


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