Officials say priest bites woman’s hand during altercation over Holy Communion

In a shocking incident, a priest in Florida reportedly bit a woman’s hand during a physical altercation while he was distributing Communion to the churchgoers. The authorities have confirmed the incident, highlighting the unexpected turn of events during a religious ceremony.

During Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in St. Cloud, Florida, a female parishioner and a priest were involved in an incident that started around 10 a.m. on Sunday. According to the Diocese of Orlando, the incident occurred when the woman went through Father Fidel Rodriguez’s Holy Communion line and seemed to be unaware of the proper procedure.

According to a statement, the woman was found to be unprepared and unwilling to partake in Communion after a brief conversation. Father Rodriguez then proceeded to give her a blessing and advised her to receive the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) before returning to receive Holy Communion (Eucharist).

According to the Diocese of Orlando, during Sunday Mass, the woman who had arrived at 12 p.m. stood in Father Rodriguez’s Communion line. When he asked her if she had been to the Sacrament of Penance (Confession), she replied that it was not his business.

According to the statement from the Diocese of Orlando, the woman was promptly requested to depart.

According to officials, it is important to note that Father Rodriguez was not aware of the woman’s background beforehand. Additionally, while the Diocese of Orlando does not endorse or support physical altercations, Father Rodriguez acted in good faith when he intervened to prevent the desecration of the Holy Communion. As a priest, it is his duty to protect the sacred elements.

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The priest has not been charged with any crimes by authorities at this time, but there is a possibility that he could face charges once the investigation is complete. Officials have not provided any information about the injuries the woman may have sustained during the altercation.

In the Catholic tradition, Holy Communion is viewed as the pinnacle of worship and faith, according to the Diocese of Orlando. It is considered “the source and summit” of the Catholic experience. Accordingly, the act of participating in the Eucharist necessitates a deep understanding, reverence, and devotion.

“The Diocese of Orlando firmly believes in treating all individuals, regardless of their faith, with respect and ensuring that their religious ceremonies or services are never disrupted,” stated officials.

The Diocese of Orlando has opted not to provide any additional comments regarding the incident, as the investigation is currently underway.

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