With a hat tip to Kim Preistap… We look at the Washington Examiner… Which in turn is talking about the New York Times

On Monday, as Notre Dame Cathedral was ablaze, Paris Fire Department chaplain Rev. Jean-Marc Fournier braved the flames to rescue both a famed relic as well as consecrated hosts intended for Holy Communion. These hosts are known more commonly as the “Blessed Sacrament” or the “body of Christ.”

To be clear, Fournier, CNN, and the French reporter all tell a story wherein the chaplain rescued the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament. Nothing else. Now, here is how the New York Times initially recounted that story on Wednesday with direct quotes from Fournier [emphasis mine]:

“I had two priorities: to save the crown of thorns and astatue of Jesus,” Father Fournier supposedly said.


As the chaplain began removing a statue of Jesus, he said, his colleagues were fighting the fire from the cathedral’s towers. The flames had started to threaten the wooden structure around the belfry — putting the whole cathedral at even greater risk.

With the statue in hand, Father Fournier, alone in the nave, gave a benediction to the cathedral, he said.


As for Father Fournier, he said he hoped to hold thatstatue of Jesus again soon. “Preferably in a safe place,” he said. “One that has a roof

It would be one thing for the Times to bungle some esoteric detail regarding the minutia of Catholic theology. But apparently not knowing that the “body of Christ” is in reference to consecrated hosts, which embody the most fundamental belief of a religion practiced by an estimated 1.3 billion people, is embarrassing and borderline inexcusable.

I would only add to this that the idea that these people are hypercritical of the Christian faith and yet understand so very little about what that faith is.

if there was actually an editor and solved with this process, it’s my guess that they share the ignorance of the reporter. no shocks for the little paragraph factory in Queens.

This level of ignorance is absolutely appalling, but it’s one we in the Christian World face today.