Holy Water Revealed To Be Largely Unsanitary And Harmful To Health

holy waterVia ABC News, a warning that participation in Christian blessings, miracles, and ceremonies may be harmful to your health:

Despite its purported cleansing properties, holy water could actually be more harmful than healing, according to a new Austrian study on “holy” springs.

Researchers at the Institute of Hygiene and Applied Immunology at the Medical University of Vienna tested water from 21 springs in Austria and 18 fonts in Vienna and found samples contained up to 62 million bacteria per milliliter of water, none of it safe to drink.

Tests indicated 86 percent of the holy water, commonly used in baptism ceremonies and to wet congregants’ lips, was infected with common bacteria found in fecal matter such as E. coli, enterococci and Campylobacter, which can lead to diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever.

Public awareness has to be raised to perceive holy springs as potential sources of illness.

13 Comments on "Holy Water Revealed To Be Largely Unsanitary And Harmful To Health"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Sep 17, 2013 at 11:22 am |

    Clearly E. Coli is a blessing from the Lord.

  2. jasonpaulhayes | Sep 17, 2013 at 11:46 am |

    Holy Water should be boiled then allowed to cool before blessing.

  3. Hocketeer | Sep 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

    Holy Shit!

  4. emperorreagan | Sep 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm |

    Any deity that doesn’t prefer whiskey as its sacrament is a bit suspicious.

    • Jin The Ninja | Sep 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

      i don’t think most traditional catholic churches would give papa legba ‘legitmate’ altar space, but i suppose a shot glass full in front of saint peter wouldn’t be TOO suspicious.

      • The Well Dressed Man | Sep 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

        the santos were still into rum last time i was in voodoo country, but how could they say no to a dram of quality whisky?

        • Jin The Ninja | Sep 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm |

          rum is preferred, but i’ve read that erzulie takes kindly to whisky (particularly the entire bottle). in n. orleans’ voodoo (probably not haitian though) papa legba can be supplicated using any spirit alcohol. and in brasil, (the) Eshu (Exu) are entreated by pouring whisky and floral water mixture on the crossroads.

          i can’t really imagine what a priest or nun would say if i blew cigar smoke at a mary statue and spit rum on st. joseph;)

  5. リカルド 忍者の心 | Sep 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm |

    The “holy” water is almost unharmful to health if compared to the church itself!!!

  6. BuzzCoastin | Sep 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm |

    if you think Holy Waiter is polluted
    you should check your drinking water
    hardly any better
    but you can score drugs with tap water
    something Holy Water lacks

  7. Dan Muench | Sep 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm |

    After years in a convent, 3 nuns were singled out as particularly virtuous, and were given pardon to do one sin apiece.

    Next confession, the Mother Superior heard their sins.

    The first nun said, “I went to an all you can eat buffet and ate everything in sight until they kicked me out.”

    Mother Superior says “Gluttony, bless yourself with holy water on your way out, and be forgiven.”

    The third nun giggles. Mother Superior ignores this and asks, of the second nun, ‘what was your sin?’

    “I fucked a guy I’d just met at a bar.”

    Mother Superior says, “Fornication, bless yourself with holy water on your way out, and be forgiven.”

    She leaves and the third nun giggles again.

    Mother Superior asks, “What was your sin, and what’s all this giggling about?”

    She replied, “I peed in the holy water.”

  8. This bit of information comes up periodically and when I read I still cringe at what my little sister did to get the “devil” out of her when she was four years old. To prepare the setting for this horrid tale I come from a superstitious, Hispanic Catholic background with the white holy rollers on my dad’s side. My grandma had some dirt from some saint’s grave in Mexico that was considered “Holy Dirt” and she gave all of her children a jar of it. She also kept all grandchildren stocked up on holy water to keep cucuys away. Now my white grandma had a habit of when my little sister acted up to say “that girl has the devil in her” well this frighten my little sister particularly because she had watched parts of “The Exorcist”, To be fair, I thought she was asleep by the time I put in the dvd. Anywho my sister proceeded to steal 3 jars of this dirt from her aunts and an uncle, I walked into her room one day and saw she eating this “holy dirt” and chasing it with “holy water”…I asked her why in the hell was this a good idea. She said “to get the devil out of her”… needless to say we found out why she had been ill with this mysterious intestinal bug for the previous month that seemed to come and go, we were leaning towards a food allergy but nope… got her to stop eating “holy mud” and she got better *face palm*

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