You’ve got to be kidding me! According to an apologist at catholic.com, regarding Communion: “Chewing gum is among those things that are placed in the mouth but are not food. Other examples include chewing tobacco, breath mints, cough drops, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Even if some portion of one of these things — or its juices — is swallowed, it does not break the fast because it is not food.” So all those times in high school I went to mass at school, and came back up the aisle with Communion on one side of my mouth and gum on the other– I actually wasn’t being wildly irreverant???
Also… In answer to a question about the phrase “Oh, my God”: “Unfortunately, the holy name of “Jesus” is used in disrespectful ways. But
phrases like “Oh, my God!” and “Oh, God!” and “Lord, have mercy!” and “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” are never used to blaspheme. Simply because we may blurt out one of these phrases without the full awareness of their significance, does not render them disrespectful. In fact, they can help us to be aware of our need for divine help at such times.”
What do you know…
(Not, of course, that the opinion of a Catholic apologist trumps scripture, of course!)