AP Blunder

Victor L. Simpson, writing for the Associated Press about new Vatican statements concerning celebration of the Mass, makes the following statement:

“Roman Catholics believe that they symbolically receive the body and blood of Christ when they take communion.”

Odd. I thought we believed we literally receive the body and blood of Christ at communion. Even odder that I would hear about this stunning theological reversal from the Associated Press. Huh.

Actually, Mr. Simpson has written extensively about the Church for the AP; surely he knows better than this. I’m betting it was an uninformed editor who popped this little gem in there, not Mr. Simpson.

Still, that’s an amazing error for what is supposed to be a serious news organization. Hopefully they’ll make a correction, but I dare not hold my breath until then.

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