[quote="Elizium23, post:9, topic:312808"]
It seems that this sprang up as some kind of pious devotion among religious sisters and filtered down to children receiving their First Holy Communion. It is certainly nothing more than private opinion, and has never been held as a discipline or law of the Catholic Church. Imagine those in the Eastern Churches trying to swallow whole leavened bread! Ugh!
To me, this is very unfortunate. It has been pointed out that Jesus Himself said we should "gnaw" on His flesh. To contradict this and teach innocent children not to do so, especially claiming it was some kind of "torture" is directly against the Gospel message and, as you can see, has done damage to our credibility. Hopefully this is just one of the many practices that will die out with the "biological solution" working on us all.
Since most of us who were taught this were trained by nuns in the 1960s and prior to that by several decades, you can be assured that the biological solution has pretty much taken place.
While this was certainly a pious example of what was often called "nun theology", it was meant well to promote reverence for the Eucharist. I honestly think that thinking this was a damage to our credibility is a bit of a stretch. Most of us came away from this "teaching" unscathed, and can look back at it with humor. You might want to lighten up, just a little. :)
I prefer to think of it as one of the many stories that was passed down through our "family", one that make us chuckle about the "good old days" (which weren't really that good). If this the best that something can come up with to bash Catholicism, they really don't have much to work with!