Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Desecrations prompt special measures to protect Eucharist in Italy

Catholic World News - April 02, 2012

A rash of sacrileges in Italy has prompted Church leaders to consider extraordinary measures to prevent desecrations.

Archbishop Salvatore Di Cristina of Monreale has already suggested that tabernacles should be left empty—even open—to discourage desecration, and the Eucharist should be locked in another secure location. Other prelates have weighed the same possibility, reasoning that it is preferable to blasphemous attacks.

A string of desecrations have forced bishops to consider these possibilities. Church leaders are warning that the Eucharist must be guarded to prevent thieves from stealing consecrated hosts for use in Satanic rituals.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Apr. 03, 2012 3:54 PM ET USA

    I think a more sensible approach is secure tabernacles. A highly ornate safe would be ideal. Security cameras are good too, as are volunteers to watch the church. I think this is preferable to preventing the faithful from adoring the Lord.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Vibrant Catholicism, 1: Lamenting the entire 20th century 1 hours ago
Holding bishops accountable: the next steps 23 hours ago
The real story behind the French ambassador's nomination to the Holy See May 27
A joyful noise unto the Lord: Goal met! May 26
De Lubac’s notes on the Second Vatican Council, section 3 May 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days