Don't rules on fasting apply to priests?

Our young assistant pastor (dangerously heterodox, as it is) last Sunday was giving his homily on finding treasure. He used as his “prop” a bag of Crackerjack. He proceeded to pop some in his mouth and gobble them down. My 12-year-old son and I were appalled. The rule calls for fast an hour before receiving Communion. Doesn’t that apply to priests, as well? I didn’t know what to tell my son.

Dear Mercy,

While priests who have several consecutive Masses to offer are allowed to take some nourishment in between, that priest’s behavior was irresponsible. It’s bad enough that some parents bring snacks with them for their children at Mass without having the priest eating Crackerjacks from the pulpit! Such behavior can give scandal—as it did with your son. Your assistant pastor needs to grow up!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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