“[I]n my opinion, Christ would have thought it was neat. It was just being human. And it made everyone smile.”
We’ve talked before about potential human life, about animals and even robots, how in the end the way we treat any of those is all about OUR humanity, not theirs. Not to mention how we treat each other, as enemy rivals or extended family and friends . . .
Can a dog receive communion?
It was the first time Needham had seen the man and his dog in church. He had been invited to the service after an incident where police heckled him as he sat peacefully on the steps of the church early one morning during the G20 weekend.
Angry over the experience, he called the church to vent. They invited
him to come to church, and he did, bringing his dog with him. . .
“I think it was this natural reaction: here’s this dog, and he’s just looking up, and she’s giving the wafers to people and she just gave one to him,” said Needham. “Anybody might have done that. It’s not like she’s trying to create a revolution.”
Days later, the church and diocese received a complaint from one
parishioner, who felt the church offended the sacred ritual. . .
Needham said the church has always been open to animals and once a year conducts a service to bless pets. Which is why the incident hardly caused a stir among the congregants – except for one.
(Frisky cock of the snook and wag of the tail to Meg for the story link.)
This power of story reminded me of so many school battles over meaning and purpose and procedure, but also of Canada’s PM apparently caught pocketing a communion wafer rather than tonguing it, and of poor Terri Schiavo being treated as less human than a dog in both life and death, and of the School and State battle over communion wafers at a Florida public university, remember the Jeezits? 😉
Schools and churches both may soon face the implications of a shifting majority view valuing animals as highly as humans, and see more dogs expecting human treatment alongside the kids:
What is going on here? A certain amount of cultural confusion, for one thing.