This is just creepy.
A Catholic priest in Poland was doing the Holy Communion ritual recently. He accidentally dropped the cracker. So he put it in holy water (to “cleanse” it). The object turned red… and it turned out it’s not a cracker at all.
It’s a piece of human heart.
All of sudden, some Italians are proclaiming it’s a miracle! Not just a miracle, either. They think it’s the heart of Jesus.
Umm… that’s not a miracle. That’s murder! Or something equally as freaky. The church doesn’t seem to be exploring that option, though:
… The matter should be approached very carefully,” says priest Andrzej Debski. “So, for now let us talk of it as a paranormal phenomenon,” he added.
“This is a matter requiring restraint. And most of all an explanation. But I ask everyone to pray that this phenomenon was truly a miracle,” says Father Stanislaw Gniedziejko, pastor of the parish of St. Anthony in Sokolka in northeast Poland where the incident occurred.
Church authorities are now investigating whether the phenomenon will indeed turn out to be a Eucharistic miracle like the one that happened in Lanciano in Italy in the 8th century when a holy wafer turned to flesh and wine turned into blood.
Did anyone think to call the police…?
Thankfully, the Polish Rationalist Association is on the case.
According to reader Wojtek, they sent a letter to the “Prosecution Office” and, according to Polish law, “the prosecutor must now start an investigation or give a very good reason not to do so.”
What questions are they demanding the prosecution office answer? What would they like to know?
Here’s the list in English. The translation is very rough and I’m paraphrasing so please correct me if anything is wrong.
1) Did the Prosecutor’s Office initiate an investigation to determine the origin of the debris?
2) Did the Public Prosecutor’s Office question all those in contact with these remains?
3) Do we know the identity of the man whose remains were found? (“It seems unlikely that these fragments belong to the myocardium of the Jewish prophet, crucified two thousand years ago, [so] it is possible that they belong[ed] to a living person until recently.”)
4) If these are human remains, stolen from a medical facility, disease could be spread. Ditto if these are animal remains, consumed by parishioners. Has the wafer been analyzed for disease?
5) We have found no information that anyone has investigated this activity. We demand to know whether any of these institutions have committed a crime for not doing so.
They conclude their letter by writing (paraphrased):
We live in the 21st century and we understand the mechanisms governing the world. We have not yet observed any mechanism whose origins could be attributed to supernatural beings. At the same time, we have long known that the Earth revolves around the sun, women do not become pregnant without the participation of male sperm, and the wafer is baked with rice flour. Regardless of the myths of the religious authorities, we must build on the achievements of empirical science and prosecute the crimes listed in the criminal laws, regardless of religious affiliation for those involved. We demand an immediate answer to the question, which we will also publish.
The [skeptics’] letter got a lot of attention in our media. The media’s spin was mostly, “A miracle has happened, so the rationalists don’t like it and they try to fight against it.” Nevertheless virtually all of Poland has heard our point of view. The Polish Rationalist Association has been really doing a great job lately (actually, they always have been, but they became very active and vocal recently).
Good for them for being the voice of reason.
Meanwhile, everyone else needs to get the hell out of that creepy church. And not just for the usual reasons.