Vicar gives Holy Communion to dog.
Vicar gives Holy Communion to dog
An Anglican church in Canada has become the focus of controversy after a vicar gave Holy Communion to a dog.
Published: 12:18PM BST 26 Jul 2010
A priest at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Toronto, gave Holy Communion to an Alsatian cross dog called Trapper Photo: ALAMY
The priest gave the Host – considered by Christians to represent the body of Jesus Christ – to an Alsatian cross called Trapper.
St Peter’s Anglican Church in Toronto has since been deluged complaints from Christians all over Canada.
Donald Keith, the dog’s owner, said he had taken his pet to the church because he had been told animals were welcome.
He said that because he was newcomer the vicar invited him up in person to receive communion.
"The minister welcomed me and said come up and take communion, and Trapper came up with me and the minister gave him communion as well," said Mr Keith.
"Then he bent his head and said a little prayer," Mr Keith said.
"I thought it was a nice way to welcome me into the church," he said. "I thought it was acceptable." He added: "There was an old lady in the front just beaming when she saw this.
"Ninety nine-point-nine per cent of the people in the church love Trapper and the kids play with him." He said one member of the congregation was unhappy about the vicar giving the dog communion and complained to the archbishop, Colin Johnson.
The dog has since been banned from receiving the sacrament.
"It was just one person who got his nose out of joint and went to the head of the Anglican Church," said Mr Keith.
"Holy smokes. This is small stuff. I thought it was innocent and it made me think of the blessing of the animals.
"This has blown me away. The church is even getting emails from Catholics," he said.
Peggy Needham, the deputy people’s warden at the church, said that no further action would be taken.
"The backlash is from just one person," she said.
"Something happened that won’t happen again. Something our interim priest did spontaneously.
"This person went to the top and emailed our bishop to make a fuss and change things. But he misjudged our congregation."
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