Blog: Church adopts cautious stance on cheese sandwich

Catherine Sleep | 29 November 2004

There’s been further follow-up on last week’s blog about the toasted cheese sandwich sold on Ebay on which the image of Jesus’ mother, Mary, has allegedly appeared. The Seattle Times took a look at the role of the church in sanctioning or dismissing visions of the Holy Mother and it makes interesting reading.

Given that an absence of commercial gain forms part of the Vatican’s criteria for a bona fide apparition, the toastie looks unlikely to gain approval. After all, the successful bidder, an online gambling site, paid US$28,000 for it. It seems crazy that the church has to waste its time examining the case, but of course it’s absolutely right to do so. Outward signs of inward grace are a key tenet of Catholicism and the mystical, spiritual side of Christianity is as important today as at any other time. If we spend time praying for miracles, we can’t dismiss them out of hand when they happen. Not, you understand, that I am suggesting the cheese toastie is likely to fall into this category.

Anyway, it was good to hear a church representative quoted in the report saying that the church might be obliged to get involved if only to protect vulnerable people who were being taken advantage of. Right on.

Church unlikely to swallow holy toast


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