Sally Quinn, a non-Catholic journalist for the Washington Post and moderator for the blog On Faith, is inducted into our Hall of Shame for receiving the Eucharist at Tim Russert’s funeral Mass even though she knew it was not allowed. This deliberate act of arrogance, sacrilege, and blasphemy warrants her inclusion among others who ought to be ashamed of themselves. Quinn posted why she chose to go to Communion at Tim Russert’s funeral Mass:
Last Wednesday I was determined to take it [the Eucharist] for Tim, transubstantiation notwithstanding. I’m so glad I did. It made me feel closer to him. And it was worth it just to imagine how he would have loved it. She went on to say, I had only taken communion once in my life, at an evangelical church. It was soon after I had started ‘On Faith’ and I wanted to see what it was like. Oddly I had a slightly nauseated sensation after I took it, knowing that in some way it represented the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights President responded:
Just reading what Sally Quinn said is enough to give any Christian, especially Catholics, more than a ‘slightly nauseating sensation.’ In her privileged world, life is all about experiences and feelings. Moreover, Quinn’s statement not only reeks of narcissism, it shows a profound disrespect for Catholics and the beliefs they hold dear. If she really wanted to get close to Tim Russert, she should have found a way to do so without trampling on Catholic sensibilities. Like praying for him — that’s what Catholics do.
Source: Catholic League