eucharist smuggler

Thanks to Russell Hilton for the article…

Last Edited: Monday, 07 Jul 2008, 11:38 PM EDT 
Created: Monday, 07 Jul 2008, 11:36 PM EDT 

Student Who Took Religious Icon Getting Death Threats  
By Cheryl Getuiza
FOX 35 NEWS

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) –A UCF student claims he’s getting death threats for messing with something sacred.

Webster Cook says he smuggled a Eucharist, a small bread wafer that to Catholics symbolic of the Body of Christ after a priest blesses it, out of mass, didn’t eat it as he was supposed to do, but instead walked with it. Catholics worldwide became furious.   

Webster’s friend, who didn’t want to show his face, said he took the Eucharist, to show him what it meant to Catholics. Webster gave the wafer back, but the Catholic League, a national watchdog organization for Catholic rights claims that is not enough.  “We don’t know 100% what Mr. Cooks motivation was,” said Susan Fani a spokesperson with the local Catholic diocese.  “However, if anything were to qualify as a hate crime, to us this seems like this might be it.” We just expect the University to take this seriously,” she added “To send a message to not just Mr. Cook but the whole community that this kind of really complete sacrilege will not be tolerated.”

Webster just wants all of this to go away. Especially now that he feels his life is in danger. University officials said, that as for right now, Webster Cook is not in trouble.  If anyone or any group wants to file a formal complaint with the University through the student judicial system, they can. It that happens, Webster will go through a hearing either in front of an administrative panel or a panel of his peers.

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