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Archbishop Hart protests ridicule of Catholic's defining belief

Thursday 9 August 2012

COMMENTING on an article published in The Age newspaper early this week, Archbishop Denis Hart said that The Age newspaper held Catholicism up for ridicule in the article.

The article ‘Every flock needs a shepherd’ (The Age, 6/8), reports that at a Mass conducted by a group called Inclusive Catholics, the Blessed Sacrament was given to a dog.

Read the Full Text of the Archbishop’s Letter to the Editor

The Archbishop said, “That anyone would feed the Eucharist to a dog is an abomination.”

Writing to the Editor of The Age, the Archbishop said “Your article ‘Every flock needs a shepherd’ is in bad faith.  It is the most fundamental and defining belief of Catholics that what you call ‘the consecrated bread and wine’ is the body and blood of Jesus Christ.”

“That you should choose to report the matter in the way that you did can only be understood as an attempt to hold Catholicism up to ridicule.  

“Your integrity in this matter can be judged by asking whether, if something sacred to Judaism or Islam had similarly been desecrated, you would have treated the matter with such flippancy.”

The Age did not publish the Archbishop’s Letter to the Editor.



The Full Text of the Archbishop’s Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, The Age

Your article ‘Every flock needs a shepherd’ (The Age, 6/8) is in bad faith.  It is the most fundamental and defining belief of Catholics that what you call ‘the consecrated bread and wine’ is the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  

That anyone would feed the Eucharist to a dog is an abomination.  That you should choose to report the matter in the way that you did can only be understood as an attempt to hold Catholicism up to ridicule.  

Your integrity in this matter can be judged by asking whether, if something sacred to Judaism or Islam had similarly been desecrated, you would have treated the matter with such flippancy.

Yours sincerely,

Denis Hart
Archbishop of Melbourne