2-4-6-8 time to transubstantiate
Waters babbles more mumbo jumbo
An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll published in early June on the eve of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin showed that almost two thirds of Catholics believe the bread and wine which are blessed during Mass ‘only represent the body and blood’ of Christ. The poll also found that the majority of Catholics do not attend Mass regularly and significant numbers do not believe in other key tenets of the Church’s teaching.
John Waters wasn’t at all pleased. In his customary Jesuitical babble (Irish Times, 8th June), he questioned the findings, claiming that transubstantiation was easier to understand than the alleged scientific basis of opinion polls – a highly dubious proposition indeed, especially from someone who makes a living out of wrapping bullshit in mystical mumbo jumbo. There’s more truth in one opinion poll than in a million wafers and wine cups. The mass of intelligent people know that it takes a certain level of lunacy to imagine that a wheaten wafer is instantly converted into the 2,000 year-old meat of an itinerant Palestinian carpenter, any more than that the wine transforms into his cells, platelets and plasma.
But Waters exists on a loftier plain than the mass of intelligent people. He knows that “such matters are impossible to discuss in the language we use for politics, shopping and sex”. He really should have added the language of sanity to that list. There is no avoiding the conclusion that the Irish Times features the real presence of John Waters in its pages as an item of weekend comic relief.
Meanwhile in the Belfast Telegraph (11th June) Ed Curran, in the light of the poll, declares that Ireland is now a land of saints and secularists.
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