"It’s only a matter of time", said the priest.
Sardonic humor is one thing, but he raised a harrowing prospect.
We had been talking about the sacrilegious horrors brought about by Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. And we weren’t talking about good-intentioned lay people trying to do a good turn but without proper training and supervision. You know the story: someone gets a Host at Mass by putting a pyx on the altar and then, after Mass, has coffee and donuts with the gang, runs errands, and eventually pays attention the Eucharistic LORD in her purse.
We had in mind, for example, the religious sister in charge of chaplains at a metropolitan hospital who after helping herself to the tabernacle routinely tossed the pyx with Hosts into her unlocked desk door.
As we dined last last, one of the fellows at the table speculated that it was only a matter of time before some idiot priest got the bright idea to send consecrated Hosts in an envelope by mail.
From that starting point, we speculated about how this would be handled.
Perhaps the self-communicating telecommunicant would then turn on the local-access cable channel and consume the Lord while watching Mass at the parish.
Or perhaps, if they were worried about sacrilege, they could mail out unconsecrated Hosts, and instruct the self-communicating telecommunicant what to do.
They should, for example, press the Host to the screen to auto-teleconsecrate.
I don’t have a problem with Masses broadcast on television.
But we do need to watch trends carefully.
Also, is the Blessed Sacrament being treated with due regard by Catholics in all places and at all times? Pastors of souls have the duty to see to it that the Eucharist is treated with all reverence and care.