UPDATE 1820 GMT:
The original post at USAToday has been edited and this message added:
(NOTE: Language in the above graph has been changed from the original post to reflect more clearly respect for the Eucharist in Catholic belief.)
Dear Readers… use this expression of mainstream media anti-Catholicism in the best way possible: get out and vote according to the principles soon-to-be Card. Burke explained.
The worst possible thing that could happen in the liberal view, is if faithful and informed Catholics actually do exercise their right vote.
DO NOT STAY HOME ON TUESDAY.
I pick this up from CatholicVote.
“Wafer watch”… to describe the concern of Catholics that Catholics who say they are Catholics adhere to Catholic teaching if they are going to approach Communion in a Catholic Church.
Nice, huh? Rather like mumbling “cookie worship”.
What. the. H!
Cathy Lynn Grossman, who runs USA Today’s “Faith and Reason” blog, wrote today:
Burke kicked off the ‘wafer watch’ on whether abortion rights supporter and former Democractic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 should take Communion, is back with instructions for the mid-terms.
Excuse me – “wafer watch”?! As a faithful Catholic, I find that phrase incredibly offensive. Catholics believe the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ Himself. … “wafer watch”?! From a religion reporter?!
Next, look at the photo chosen of Cardinal-designate Burke:
Again – WHAT. THE. H!
They managed to find and crop the one photo that makes the Archbishop appear like he’s performing some sort of Nazi salute. If they had revealed his other arm it would be clear he is performing a blessing.
Third, Grossman attempts to make an argument that, because Pope Benedict appointed both Archbishops Burke and Wuerl to be Cardinals, this action somehow undermines the pope’s recent and clear teaching about the duty of bishops to counsel the faithful to use their vote in support of pro-life candidates.
Ecclesiology 101 time for Grossman: Pope > bishop.
This is three-strikes-you’re-out for Grossman’s column. Insultingly referring to the Eucharist as a “wafer”, posting a damagingly-cropped photo of Archbishop Burke, and confusing Catholics and her readers about what the Holy Father is trying to communicate.
Please join me in emailing Cathy Grossman at email@example.com and let her know about your displeasure at her insulting and disrespectful column.
She can start by removing the offensive description of the Eucharist, posting a proper photo of the Archbishop, and noting that questions about denying the Eucharist are a red herring argument trumped by the clear teaching of the Holy Father about the moral duty of Catholics to support pro-life candidates.
UPDATE 1824 GMT:
When I went to Grossman’s blog, I notice a link to a “Previous” blog entry about Comedy Central’s John Stewart and found this quote:
Instead, the “religion” of the Comedy Central hosts is sanity which appears to be code for restoring civility.
If, while applying her glaring double-standard, Grossmann thinks that sanity and civility are connected, then perhaps she is not quite sane? What she wrote in her original entry, “wafer watch”, was certainly uncivil.