Thanks be to God, thanks be to God. The Satanists planning a black mass in Oklahoma have returned the consecrated Host after being sued for theft of property by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Here is Archbishop Paul Coakley’s statement.
I am friends with a Franciscan, Fr. Regis Scanlan, who is an absolute delight. I will write about him sometime…he worked in Africa doing Eucharistic formation for Mother Teresa’s nuns in the 90’s, did a series on Eucharistic theology for EWTN (I love watching the ‘younger’ Regis from time to time) and is now working on a huge project for single homeless women – not just a shelter, but real formation as family that I help a little with. He’s got a million hilarious stories – full of life and joy. I was delighted at Mass one morning when the fellow before me received in the hand. Just before I went to receive, Fr. Regis turned to the man walking away and sternly said, “I need to see you consume that.” The man had just secreted it in his hand. Everything stopped until the Eucharist was consumed. Later, at breakfast, Fr. Regis told me he watches that like a hawk, because there are people who come in and try to make off with consecrated Hosts for just that purpose. So he watches everyone who receives and does not turn his attention to the next person until he has seen the Eucharist consumed.