from the Catholic League
To protest student fees for religious services at the University of Central Florida (UCF), a student walked out of a campus Mass on June 29 with the Eucharist. Webster Cook, a student senator, finally returned the Host this past weekend.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue offered the following remarks today:
"For a student to disrupt Mass by taking the Body of Christ hostage'regardless of the alleged nature of his grievance'is beyond hate speech. That is why the UCF administration needs to act swiftly and decisively in seeing that justice is done. All options should be on the table, including expulsion."
It's time for Catholics to stand up for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!
Contact UCF president John C. Hitt at email@example.com
I did, and here is his less than satisfactory response.
The Eucharist has been returned, and the matter is in the hands of the student judicial system.
John C. Hitt
Webster apparently went crying to daddy, who is now prowling the blogs and attacking those of us who post on this outrage. Go over and read his comment on Vive Christus Rex. Dr Webster is an educated man, he should teach his son respect for the religious practices of 0thers instead of trying to bully those who call his son on the carpet for his outrageous actions.
If he had done this as a child, none of this would have happened. Psychologist Dr. Ray Guardendi says, "if you don't' teach your child discipline, somebody will. It may be a teacher, an employer or a judge, but someday, somebody will".
In this case, we are all helping to parent Dr. Webster's son, teaching him to respect others'religious practices, and, hopefully, Almighty God.
Surprised he was raised a Catholic? Unfortunately, given the sad state of catechesis, I am not.
Cook wants a meeting with his bishop to discuss using force to pry the Holy Eucharist from his hands! And an apology! Dr. Webster did a worse job raising him than I originally thought!