The whole incident began at St. Francis Xavier Church in Kearns, a Salt Lake City suburb at Utah Diocese on Nov. 8 when an already consecrated host was returned to the celebrant Priest because it was found on a little girl who has not had her “First Holy Communion” yet. The priest then placed the Host in an ablution bowl for it to dissolve. Then days later, the host began to turn red, and speculations arose declaring that the host is transformed to the blood and body of christ.
Msgr. Colin F. Bircumshaw, the diocesan administrator hearing the case, set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the true cause of the change seen on the host.
The committee had a capable scientist perform several controlled tests on the Host. The scientist concluded that the change could be satisfactorily explained by natural causes such as the growth of red bread mold. The committee unanimously concluded the same.
Monsignor M. Francis Mannion said:
“In the history of the Church, by Divine Providence, miracles have taken place. The sole purpose of a miracle is to bring about good. False claims of miracles, on the other hand, cause harm to the faithful and damage the Church’s credibility. While not dismissing the possibility of miracles, understanding the potential harm of hastily jumping to conclusions should cause all the faithful, lay and clergy alike, to act with great prudence. Catholics should take this opportunity to renew their faith and devotion in the great miracle of the Real Presence which takes place at every Eucharist”