The Catholic Church said today it would take seriously a Government ministers concern over the threat posed to health by the use of incense.
More than likely some functionary in the Bishops office made a statement and it becomes “The Catholic Church said.”
The health risk was raised by Dr Jim Misdid, Minister of State in the transport department.
He highlighted the threat, particularly to altar boys and girls, in a comment on one of Irelands burning issues of the moment; a Government plan to ban smoking in the workplace from the start of next year.
Dr Misdid, who operated a medical practice before entering politics, and supports the smoking ban, insisted: I am not anti-Church, anti-smoke or indeed against the use of incense.
But there is a serious aspect to this. We all know that carbon is a carcinogenic agent, and wherever you have smoke, you are actually looking at carbon molecules.
“And wherever you have carbon molecules and happen to be inhaling them, then there is that chance that you will be doing damage.
“On a daily basis, we see people that are doing things that are detrimental to their health, and we all know they are doing that.
If they ban incense wouldn’t that be CENSERship? These nanny state officials would probably have fined the Apostles for the tongues of fire that appeared over their heads. “Hey put that fire out, you are creating an oppressive work environment and besides this upper room isn’t licensed for pyrotechnics.” This would greatly suck if this spread and for insurance purposes they stopped the practice of using incense. Those Catholic Churches that have electric votive candles to reduce insurance costs might come up with even more tacky ideas for an incense substitute. Dry Ice Smoke generators or blessed CO2 extinguisher might be used or more likely liturgical dancers in white gauzy dresses throwing cotton balls about.