The difference between Catholic communion and Protestant communion is that in the Protestant ritual, the bread and wine used in the sacrament serve as metaphors, whereas the Catholics believe that the items are literally transformed into the body and blood of Christ.
In Utah, the Catholic anti-metaphor may have won the day, as a communion wafer that was dissolved in water mysteriously started bleeding. The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating the event to see if it truly was a miracle.
During communion at St. Francis Xavier Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, a boy handed his wafer back to a priest. The priest, not wanting to waste the sacrament, decided to dissolve it in a glass of water.
Three days later, the wafer was still intact...and something even weirder had happened.
The wafer began to bleed. The local bishop's diocese is investigating to see if this truly was a sign from God, or just some strange chemical phenomenon.
It's possible that the "bleeding" may have been caused by a red-tinged species of bacteria called Serratia marcescens, which is notorious for wreaking havoc on bread.
For more on the potential miracle, check out this report by Fox 13 Salt Lake City:
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, a committee chairman of the Salt Lake City Diocesan says that Catholics in the area should take the time to "renew their faith and devotion in the greatest miracle -- the real presence of Jesus Christ that takes place at every Mass." It should also maybe inspire them to reevaluate how they store their wafers.