And it seems, very little respect for the beliefs and traditions of other people. These would be traits one would expect to be present in greater quality and quanity in a professional religion writer. Washington Post/Newsweek writer Sally Quinn on taking communion at Tim Russert's funeral: "Last Wednesday at Tim's funeral mass at [Holy]Trinity Church in Georgetown (Jack Kennedy's church), communion was offered. I had only taken communion once in my life, at an evangelical church. It was soon after I had started "On Faith" and I wanted to see what it was like. Oddly I had a slightly nauseated sensation after I took it, knowing that in some way it represented the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Last Wednesday I was determined to take it for Tim, transubstantiation notwithstanding. I'm so glad I did. It made me feel closer to him."
There are so many things wrong with this (many summed up in the comments on TNR's post on the subject, that include's Quinn's response)… Melinda Henneberger has a great column on the fracas (and how it seems to a unifying point for liberal and conservative Catholics) in Slate.