The Catholic Moment: The Paradox of the Church in the Postmodern World

Neuhaus, Richard John

Harper & Row, 1987

p. 6

Quotation from Walker Percy’s Lost in the Cosmos: “Catholic Christianity is the most preposterous of the three. It proposes, not only [what Jews and fundamentalists believe], but also that the man-god founded a church, appointed as its first head a likable but pusillanimous person, like himself a Jew, the most fallible of his friends, gave him and his successors the power to loose and to bind, required of his followers that they eat his body and drink his blood in order to have life in them, empowered his priests to change bread and wine into his body and blood, and vowed to protect this institution until the end of time. At which time he promised to return.’”