Monday, September 29, 2008

You Tube Ethics: Eucharistic Desecration

The world of YouTube is a very strange place indeed. It's a mixed bag of videos, some good some bad.

And let's face it, you have to be careful where you step. You could get something really smelly on your shoe.

It's not a place to hangout. I go there just long enough to view a video someone has pointed out to me on my faith or other 'clean' interest, but you could easily head into treacherous waters.

Case in point: YouTube Allows Videos of Eucharistic Descration

People can find a video of almost anything on YouTube: babies’ first steps, Saturday Night Live skits, news clips, concerts and now – to the shock of Catholics everywhere – desecration of the Eucharist.

YouTube has long been a destination for Catholics seeking video clips of Masses, apologetics lectures or devotions, but now Catholic outrage is growing as the site has become home to a string of videos depicting acts of Eucharistic desecration, including flushing a host down the toilet, putting one in a blender, feeding one to animals, shooting one with a nail gun and more.

“I don’t know what to say,” said a stunned Msgr. C. Eugene Morris, professor of sacramental theology at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, when told about the videos. “I am outraged that YouTube is tacitly supporting this and giving this behavior an audience.”

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