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Priest bites woman while trying to give her communion during Sunday mass

The woman reportedly grabbed the holy Communion hosts tightly.

A priest in Florida bit a woman’s hand during a physical altercation while administering Communion to parishioners at his church, authorities said.

The incident between the priest and a parishioner began at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday during Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Cloud, Florida, when a woman “passed through Father Fidel Rodriguez’s Holy Communion line.” and seemed unaware of the proper procedure.” ”according to a statement issued by the Diocese of Orlando.

“After a brief exchange with the woman, it was determined that she was neither ready nor willing to participate in Communion,” the statement read. “Father Rodríguez gave the woman a blessing and advised her to receive the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) before returning to receive Holy Communion (Eucharist).”

The same woman is said to have arrived at 12 pm for Sunday Mass and stood in Father Rodriguez’s Communion line when he asked her if she had been to the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) to which she responded that “It wasn’t his business.” ” according to the Diocese of Orlando.

“Father Rodríguez offered the woman Holy Communion on the tongue,” church officials said. “At that moment, the woman forcefully put her hand into the container and grabbed some sacred Communion hosts, crushing them. With only one hand free, Father Rodríguez struggled to hold the woman down as she refused to let go of the hosts. When the woman pushed him and reacting to what she perceived as an act of aggression, Father Rodríguez bit her hand to make her release the hosts that she was holding.

The woman was immediately asked to leave, according to the Diocese of Orlando statement.

“It should be noted that Father Rodríguez had no prior knowledge of the woman’s background,” officials said. “Furthermore, while the Diocese of Orlando does not tolerate physical altercations such as this, in good faith, Father Rodriguez was simply attempting to prevent an act of desecration of Holy Communion, which, as a priest, Father Rodriguez is duty-bound to perform.” . protect.”

In Catholic Tradition, the Eucharist is considered “the source and summit” of worship and faith, the Diocese of Orlando said. “Therefore, the act of participating in Holy Communion requires proper understanding, reverence and devotion.”

“The Diocese of Orlando believes that all people of all faiths should be respected and that their religious ceremonies or services should never be interrupted,” officials said.

The Diocese of Orlando has said they will not be commenting further on the incident and the investigation is currently ongoing.

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