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Communion Wafers are not Comic Fodder

2/28/2005 - 1:45 PM PST

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By Michael J. Gaynor
Op/Ed

Blasphemy is "the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God."

Sacrilege is "gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing."

The NBC sitcom "Committed" apparently is committed to blasphemy, sacrilege and sin instead of homage to God, respect for religion and common decency.

On February 22, NBC, broadcast an egregiously insulting episode of the sitcom "Committed.

Who approved this episode for airing?

Have the characters responsible for airing Rathergate moved over to NBC?

In the name of humor, two of the show's characters flushed a Communion wafer down a toilet!

For "good" measure, the show portrayed a priest as a vulgar ignoramus.

For Catholics, that Communion wafer literally is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

For other Christians, it represents the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Priests are human, not divine, to be sure, but they do represent Jesus, they do know the difference between a Communion wafer and a cracker, and they don't swear when they receive Communion.

Unless NBC soon broadcasts something like "Holocaust Humor," Christians will have reason to feel singled out for despicable dissing.

If NBC DOES broadcast something like that, the people responsible should be certified as insane, or Satanic, or both.

Oliver Ellsworth, a Founding Father from Connecticut, wrote:

"[W]hile I assert the rights of religious liberty, I would not deny that the civil power has a right, in some cases, to interfere in matters of religion. It has a right to prohibit and punish gross immoralities and impieties; because the open practice of these is of evil example and detriment. For this reason, I heartily approve of our laws against drunkenness, profane swearing, blasphemy, and professed atheism."

Predictably, the "Committed" episode created a firestorm of protest among Catholics.

Hopefully, that will generate the kind of publicity that will punish NBC instead of help its ratings.

Rathergate hurt, instead of helped, Dan Rather's ratings.

Fittingly.

The Catholic League, a faithful watchdog, reported that during the episode two non-Catholics were mistakenly given Holy Communion at a Catholic funeral Mass and could not figure out a suitable way to deal with the situation.

Priests don't force Communion on non-Catholics during any kind of Mass.

The Catholic League described the unconscionable episode this way:

"Nate, who is Jewish, and Bowie, a Protestant, dont know what to do with the Eucharist, so they make several failed attempts to get rid of it. For example, they try slipping it into the pocket of a priest, dropping it on a tray of cheese and crackers, etc.

"At one point, the priest, who is portrayed as not knowing the difference between the Host and a cracker, goes to grab the 'cracker' from a tray of appetizers; he initially balks when he discovers that it is the last one. Then he changes his mind, saying, 'Oh, what the hell.'

"By far the most offensive scene occurs when Nate and Bowie accidentally flush what they think is the Host down the toilet."

Catholic League President William Donahue demanded that NBC apologize.

"To say that Catholics are angry about this show would be an understatement - the outrage is visceral and intense," Mr. Donahue declared.

"NBC has made a direct frontal assault on Roman Catholicism, choosing to mock, trivialize and ridicule the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Donahue added: "More than an apology is needed. This episode should be retired for good, and that is what we will demand.

More than that is needed.

Good people of all religious beliefs should choose other programs to watch.

Television shows live and die according to their ratings.

And good people should commit to forcing NBC to substitute a decent program for "Committed."

The solution to Federated Department Stores replacing the words "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah" with "Happy Holidays" in order to further secularize America is to shop at religious-friendly stores.

And the solution to NBC broadcasting blasphemy and sacrilege packaged as humor in the hope of winning laughs is to watch other networks that don't insult their viewers.

Michael J. Gaynor
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1 - 5 of 5 Comments

  1. Ernman
    3 weeks ago

    This article wasn't funny at all. Thumbs down.

  2. patrick
    3 years ago

    Hello,

    I am a non-catholic christian, working as a video editor. A particular piece of footage has The Bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese, receiving the communion wafers.

    What is the "bowl"s that they are presented in called?

  3. Big Al
    5 years ago

    So you are perfectly fine with people not being catholic as long as they are not atheist and their behavior aligns with what the catholic church says is moral? Laws against blasphemy, profane language and atheism are in direct contrast to the first amendment.

    You are in favor of censorship. You are in favor of limiting the rights of individuals to further your religion's influence. Why does it matter that people agree with you? Does it somehow validate your decision to become catholic when more people agree with you?

    I am completely in favor of you going to church. Eat your crackers, drink your wine, give praise to the invisible judgmental man in the sky who had a son just to see him murdered. Fine, doesn't affect me in any way. But when you put together these action groups to force television stations to only air what you believe is morally proper material you undermine the very notion of freedom that this country was founded upon. I have a suggestion, if you don't like what is on television-just change the channel, you have 200 others. There is plenty of television I just plain don't like, so I don't watch it. Funny thing about that, if enough people do that on their own, the show will disappear as it won't be making any money.

    So I ask you, where is the big problem in you going to your church and living what you believe to be a moral existence, I promise I won't try to stop you, just allow me the same courtesy.

  4. Douglas Janney
    6 years ago

    Flushing a cracker down the toilet isn't blasphemous at all. It's just apart of the joke in the show. To compare that to the holocaust is ridiculous. A mock idiotic priest and flushing a cracker as a joke does not compare to hundreds of thousands of people being burned alive or placed in gas chambers.

    Not to mention the "Catholic" communion process along with many other practices isn't even supported by the Bible. America is no longer a puritan society.

    Thanks

  5. radical sapphoq
    6 years ago

    I do have a serious question.

    I grew up Catholic and I seem to remember that the priest has to consecrate the Communion Host in order for it to become the Body and Blood of Our Lord. Is that correct?

    Although the show was offensive to devout Catholics, the wafers used in the filming were not consecrated.

    Thank-you,
    radical sapphoq

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