There just has to be some really interesting soap-opera-ish background to a story like this. It’s the sort of thing that erupts when a long-running feud has no other place to go but out. It could be that an act of desecration is at the root of it, and the Catholic blogosphere seems mostly ready to agree, but I have my doubts.
Would people out to intentionally desecrate be attending a weekday Mass? Where if everybody doesn’t know your name, they recognize you by sight? Clearly, the pastor knows the woman.
The diocesan spokeswoman offered comments on the record, but couldn’t verify that a host had indeed been desecrated.
A pastor has enough standing in a community that local law enforcement personnel are probably going to take his word for an incident. Clearly, he knew enough about Ms Trebesh’s massgoing habits to alert an officer to watch for the woman even if she had left church early.
And if the priest knew all this, why wouldn’t he have requested a meeting before a confrontation? If desecration is serious enough to warrant following someone out of the building to retrieve a host by force if necessary (see yesterday’s 9:32 comment on the link above) what’s the problem with sitting someone down to get at the source of a really serious allegation?
This whole event has a fishy smell to it, like it was made for fluff entertainment tv.