What happens when there’s a shortage of wine in a predominately Catholic nation, wine that they pretend to magically turn into the blood of Christ in an odd bit of faux-cannibalism? They look for a substitute blood of Christ, of course, since their savior seems to have gone out of water to wine conversion business these days.
With no miracle in sight, Roman Catholic churches are being asked to ration wine in the latest shortage to illustrate Venezuela’s economic troubles.
“We’re asking the priests and bishops to ration wine and look for alternatives during this emergency,” said Jose Antonio Da Conceicao, a national church official.
Church leaders say the problem arose when the local supplier of the specialty sacramental wine used at Mass had a bad harvest. They turned to importers, but the companies told them it was impossible to obtain dollars to bring the wine into the country because of Venezuela’s strict currency controls.
Can you convert Diet Coke into the blood of Christ? Is there an incantation for that?