Well Christ did take a lickin’ and keep on ticking’
At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 “Christian Popsicles” made of “frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ” and featuring a crucifix instead the tongue depressor that typically hosts the frozen treats, he said.
GetReligion Covers this story from CNN which is a textbook example of the typical horrible mainstream religion reporting.
An image of Jesus Christ positioned traditionally on the cross is visible once the ice pop is consumed. As for the frozen wine, Errazuriz said, he concealed it in a cooler and took it into a church, where it was “inadvertently blessed by the priest while turning wine into the blood of Christ during the Eucharist.”
Lets bypass the whole “inadvertently blessed” component for a minute and cover another point. Now why did this self-admitted atheist artist decide that he needed first to attempt this aspect of it anyway? He doesn’t believe in the doctrine of the Eucharist and consecrated wine and unconsecrated wine is all the same to him.
No doubt it is the same reason so many artists attempt blasphemous art for attention. Mocking of belief is one component and to increase making the believer think that consecrated wine was actually used increases the intensity of such mocking. The “daring” artist is so common now and almost always the target is specifically the Catholic faith. Though that is an old trend that started with the shaping of the Crown of Thorns.
Raised in a Catholic household, Errazuriz is now a “practicing atheist,” but he has many friends and family members who are religious, and he respects their beliefs. … His frozen cocktails stand as a symbol, he said, an invitation to “drink the Kool-Aid” that he feels so many religious zealots are stirring up.
Well if this is how he “respects” their beliefs, I wonder what he does when he disrespects something. So in answer to all this “religious zealotry” the answer is art mocking one aspect of belief – yeah that will really make the world better and not stir anything up.
Now as to the “inadvertently blessed” aspect of the story this is so ridiculous and GetReligion rightly lambasts CNN for not challenging this aspect of the story in any way.
Now I am rather skeptical that this artist actually brought a cooler into a Church with enough wine for 100 popsicles. But even if he did there is no scenario where the wine would actually get consecrated. Even if he did go to all the trouble of putting the cooler underneath the altar (with nobody noticing this), consecration is an intentional act – not a piece of magic. It is not as if any wine or bread in the Church gets consecrated if they happen to be in people’s pockets regardless of how close they are to the priest during consecration. What a shock that another ex-Catholic turned atheist doesn’t have even a basic theological understanding. If you are going to go to all the effort to mock something, you might just want to check if you actually succeeded. If you are going for the P.Z. Myers school of art you first actually need something to desecrate. For my part I am glad he was inept about this, though actually getting hold of a volume of consecrated wine would be fairly difficult to pull off.
GetReligion asks the pertinent questions about the reporting.
In other words, this story is a disaster. Did the CNN team grasp the bizarre and ludicrous nature of this claim by the artist? Did anyone stop and think about the practical details of what was said to have happened? If so, why was the story published without some kind of commentary from a liturgical expert, if not a priest or bishop of the church?
As Errazuriz himself states, this was not a joke. Why did CNN treat it as a kind of wink-wink joke?
Update: Jimmy Akin posts on the subject.
According to the late Fr. Nicholas Halligan, OP, in his outstanding book, The Sacraments and Their Celebration (written as a training manual for priests and seminarians):
The material to be consecrated must be definitely intended by the minister, since by intention the formula determines the significance of the material. . . . The bread and wine to be consecrated should be placed on the corporal (or the altar cloth). If there is material to be consecrated or which is consecratable on the altar, but its presence is unknown to the celebrant, by that very fact it is not consecrated, since the intention of the minister must in some sufficient way designate or include the material that is to be consecrated (pp. 68-69, emphasis in original).
>Well Christ did take a lickin’ and keep on ticking’
I thought he died? Then came back to life? Which makes one wonder what the point was.
At any rate while the Christcicles are pretty funny your reaction is even funnier.
thank you. I read this and thought, this is so silly. Does this guy even know what he is talking about?
I love how hospitable the Jester is to Salvage. Christian charity at its finest.
Hmmm I think blandina is passively aggressively requesting my banishment from the comments.
Don’t worry, when I die your god is going to get me so it’ll all work out in the end!
Blandina: remember Christ’s mandate.
Actually while we are at it it seems we should remember Proverbs 26:4, 5 . Though I really don’t know which would apply here.
You know, I hate it when I “inadvertently bless” all the wine right after opening a new bottle. I mean, I intend to just consecrate what’s on the corporal, and my mind wanders, and oops!
Unfortunately, it’s very likely he grew up Catholic, and is sadly as ignorant about the Eucharist as many cradle Catholics. Fortunately, that wine is no more blessed than the wine sitting in the sacristies around the world.
Now, a frozen wine popsicle sounds pretty good, especially on a hot day. Just on a regular stick instead of a crucifix, please.
And there I was thinking it was just another misadventure in good taste, like the Keep Christ in Easter chocolate crucifixes with strawberry centre, made by a lovely, really religious guy, with good intentions and a lousy idea.
I always keep a bottle of port in the freezer and it always remain liquid. Regular wine has less alcohol but it would remain slushy or start melting immediately after being put out. Have fun cleaning the mess, the joke’s on you.
wouldn’t this result in cold distillation?
An article on making applejack if anyones interested, http://candlewineproject.wordpress.com/tag/cold-distillation/
I remember reading that brandy can be made this way.
Ice forms on top as the wine freezes, you pull that off and concentrate the alcohol.
According to the article, cold distilling is illegal in the US without a special permit.
Salvage, don’t be silly. God is not “my God”. God is “Your God” too, of course.
And, for someone who claims to be rational and evidence based you sure make a lot of wild, unsupported assumptions, Salvage.
What abysmal calumny! I do not recall a single time salvage claimed to be rational!
>Salvage, don’t be silly. God is not “my God”. God is “Your God” too, of course.
No, I assure you, it’s not my god even if there were such things yours is quite the lunatic and unworthy of my worship.
I know theists like to think their god is the only one but in fact there have been well over 4,000 of them in the last 10,000 years, yours is not the oldest and certainly not the most popular. Not now and not ever.
>And, for someone who claims to be rational and evidence based you sure make a lot of wild, unsupported assumptions, Salvage.
Do I? Could you be so kind as to point them out? See that’s another thing theists often do; insist I’m wrong but never actually explain what I am wrong about or why.
This is of course a simple way to deal with the cognitive dissonance that theists often experience when their beliefs are exposed to any sort of critical thinking.
But please, show me my unsupported assumptions, show me how wrong I am in my assumption that you won’t do any such thing.