#BreakingNews Eucharist Stolen and Desecrated from Tabernacle of Historic Fulda Cathedral - Bishop Holds Prayers for Reparation
Statement by the Cathedral Dean, Auxiliary Bishop Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Diez, in the Holy Mass on February 10, 2022:
Dear sisters and brothers,
I would like to take this opportunity to address what happened last Friday. I was not present myself because I was in Frankfurt at the Synodal Assembly. In intensive discussions, it became clear that shortly before the Holy Mass for the Rabanus Maurus festival at 10 a.m., a young man entered the sanctuary, opened the tabernacle and stole hosts from it. To our horror, he scattered the communion wafers downtown. They could be picked up and taken back to the cathedral. The police picked up the man and determined his personal details. As a measure, we have agreed that the main celebrant should carry the key to the tabernacle with him and not put it in the tabernacle before Holy Mass.
What happened deeply shocked me and many others.
We have been asked by some people for a liturgical response to this terrible incident. I would like to tell you that I celebrated a private act of penance with the other members of the cathedral chapter in a reconciliation service and prayed to the Lord for forgiveness in front of the tabernacle with prayer, incense and holy water. The desecrated hosts were dissolved in water, as intended, and given to the earth in a special rite.
As a visible sign of penance and reconciliation, these lilies, as a symbol of the three Fulda city saints Simplicius, Faustinus and Beatrix, will stand next to the tabernacle in the next few days and I would like to invite you to hold adoration for a quarter of an hour after this Holy Mass.