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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.

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  • 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.

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