(Internet) Video Mocks Catholicism

Country: International

Date of incident: February 3, 2009

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Media



The film producing company Link TV placed a video online which mocks Catholicism. The short silent video shows a weird priest descreting the Eucharist, a most sacred item for Catholics.

We thank Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights for this information: On February 3, Link TV featured a three and a half minute video that mocks Catholicism. The media outlet is available as a basic service in more than 31 million homes that receive direct broadcast satellite TV. The video, “Divine Food,” opens with a priest waking up to a rumbling noise that shakes the religious symbols and statues in his room. He proceeds to a Catholic church where he discovers several wafers near a cup (the implication is that they are consecrated Hosts). In a disrespectful manner, he chews them vigorously and then admonishes the statues that are “looking at him.” He falls asleep in the church and when awakened he is asked to say Mass, which he refuses to do. The priest then makes large wafers out of dough and gives the pancake-like substance (which he calls the “Body of Christ”) to confused parishioners at Communion. The video ends when he drops the remaining “Hosts” into a dirty aquarium. Upon many protests, the video was temporarilly withdrawn (as of Feb 12th). The video / the withdrawal you can see here: http://www.linktv.org/video/2746