People pissed at parish for drone delivery of eucharist


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/04/people-pissed-at-parish-for-us.html


#2

I suppose it’s a bit of a letdown when you learn your imaginary sky friend was made by DJI.


#3

Absolutely monstrance!!


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#5

Could’ve been worse. The drone could have let loose with a salvo of bottle rockets and set things ablaze.


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#7

Or there could’ve been a premature transubstantiation, and human meat raining down on parishioners.


#8

Drone fire… or transubstantiation (even of the premature variety). I wonder which one believers would prefer.


#9

And human delivery of make believe is ok?


#10

If it’s not boring, you’re doing it wrong.


#11

“Oops. Forgot something.”


#12

“We only tolerate religious silliness in our churches.”


#13

Someone actually gives a flying fuck.


#14

Little do they know that their drone was hijacked, and the Eucharist was replaced with wafers made from the literal body of the Pillsbury Doughboy.


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#17

Oh, that is absolutely horrifying. Beyond horrible. And I can’t stop laughing. Thank you for putting the perfect twist on this post!


#18

It was for a secular purpose, but I loved the imagery of this giant mechanized spider crawling on an Ottawa church.

The parish/diocese didn’t enjoy it as much, though.


#19

That’s not the blood of Christ … it’s the blood of the Kool-Aid Man. “Ah Men!”


#20

The complainers strike me as falling into the especially unsympathetic (even to a smirking atheist with limited regard for their premises) camp of people who try to dignify instinctive peevish reactionary tendencies with claims (sometimes explicit often just heavily implied) that they are protecting something more dignified than their dislike of novelty.

If, say, they had replaced the priest handling the Eucharist with a team of robots(Transubstantiators! More than wheat or rye!) there would be a fairly solid case to be made that they have a doctrinally relevant deviation from procedure: it’s a pretty widespread and settled article of faith that only suitable human specialists can make transubstantiation work, so swapping in a robot would be turning Mass into snack time.

There are no equivalent requirements for the agent that transports the Eucharist. Humans are typical; but purely for reasons of convention and convenience(and in places where convenience has changed, like the transport from production site to church using them, technique has changed largely without comment. It’s not treated as sacrilegious to use hosts trucked in from a factory rather than baked within walking distance, as was probably the original custom medieval logistics being that they were).

I’d really respect these people more if they would just be honest about having an emotional or aesthetic reaction to change and/or being attached to whatever their experience led them to see as normal. Pretending that a deviation from your comfort zone is an attack on religion, though, is unimpressive(even more so if they embrace equally or more substantial changes that don’t rub them the wrong way for some reason: if you are upset about this robot you had better be consumed by misgivings about televised masses, even those conducted strictly according to guidelines)