“Martyrs” or deluded victims of religious error?


This past weekend I was watching the local news and I saw the story far below about a large group of Catholics, led by the area’s bishop, that gathered at a parish in the city to honor the memory of a priest and a nun – George Weinmann, 77, and Lilian Marie McLaughlin, 26, (pictured) – who both perished fifty years ago in February 1967 when they went into the burning church building of a former parish in the area to “rescue” communion wafers.

Yes, you read that correctly.

They died trying to “save” communion wafers.

The Catholic church teaches its priests change bread wafers into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. Catholics line up at mass to consume the Jesus wafers, believing as they are taught that eating the Jesus wafer confers graces that will enable them to resist sin and merit Heaven. Priests store any leftover Jesus wafers in a locked box called a tabernacle where they are reverenced and worshiped as the physical Son of God. Weinmann and McLaughlin entered the burning church to “rescue” the Jesus wafers aka the Blessed Sacrament from the flames.


I’m saddened for Weinmann and McLaughlin, that they believed the bread wafers were actually Jesus and perished trying to “save” him. I’m saddened for all Roman Catholics, represented by the people who gathered together in this news story, who follow their church’s deadly misinterpretation of John 6 and the Last Supper passages in the Gospels and believe receiving Jesus means literally eating him and then try to obey the Ten Commandments to earn their salvation rather than accepting Jesus as Savior by faith and trusting in Him alone.

So sad.

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11 thoughts on ““Martyrs” or deluded victims of religious error?

    1. Yes, absolutely maddening. The emotional reaction I had to this story was to want to shake everyone in the church by the shoulders and tell them, “No, no, no. You’re missing it!!! That’s not the Truth!!! Those two died completely in vain!!!”

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    1. Thanks, Hope! Yes, it’s sadly incredible. I grew up with this stuff so sometimes it doesn’t even make an impression. But the Lord led me to share this one. BTW, thanks for the two messages from Carter Conlon today. I was blessed listening to them during work.

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  1. I just really don’t know what to say…This just can’t be what Jesus intended, can it? Glad you shared this. Someone needed to read this today.

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      1. I might be wrong but I’m guessing the diocese is pushing to have the two eventually declared as saints and this commemoration was part of the long process.

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