Wafer Thin: "Bleeding Host" Not a Miracle
Do you remember the “Bleeding Host” wafer discovered in a Utah Catholic church back in November? At the time, local TV station KUTV had reported:
The Salt Lake Catholic Diocese has started an investigation into what is being described as a ‘bleeding host’ at a local parish, St. Francis Xavier in Kearns. Images of the host, given to 2News, showed circles of deep red, and a section with a pink hue.
As we understand it, a boy was given communion by a local priest. A relative told the priest the child had not yet made his first communion — or wasn’t Catholic — and handed back the host, a wafer the faithful believe becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ during consecration in Mass. The priest put the host in water, and later noticed dramatic change.
Now, a five member diocesan committee will look into whether there is — or is not — an explanation.
The committee has released the findings of their investigation and the verdict is …
In November of 2015, it was alleged that a consecrated host (communion bread wafer) from Saint Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, Utah, appeared to be bleeding. A thorough investigation has concluded that the host did not bleed, but the change of appearance in the host was due to red bread mold.
So bread mold is the culprit, and not some “miracle.” Kudos to the committee for bringing in scientists to help solve the puzzle, AND for embracing the results – something that can earn you death threats for doing so in other countries like India (see Sanal Edamaruku).
But fear not local parishioners and devotees of the faith, because Committee chair Monsignor Francis Mannion reassures you:
In the history of the Church, by Divine Providence, miracles have taken place.
Of course they have, otherwise, the whole “faith” thing tends to fall apart at the seams without “miracles.”