Last year, we wrote about how a small church used bottled water for Baptism, and then shortly after that we wrote about a South Korean professor who was charged with fraud for selling machines he claimed could turn tap water into holy water.
Just last week, an Orthodox priest, Zaharia Peres, claimed to do the same. Only this time, the priest had no ulterior motive for turning tap water into holy water. And he didn’t need a machine.
Instead, Peres consecrated all of Timisoara’s tap water at once. He stood over the reservoirs that supplied the city so that everyone in the city might have access to the holy water. Many opted to go directly to the church to get their fill of holy water, fearing that the water might lose some of its power by travelling through rusty pipes.
South Korean professor Kim is charged with fraud after inventing a device that he claimed could turn regular tap water into blessed “holy water,” which replicates the healing powers of the holy water located at the Catholic Virgin Mary shrine at Lourdes, in France. Kim’s scientific method involves turning the medical properties of the real holy water into digital signals and transferring these signals onto any tap water via his device which features ceramic and paper filters and plastic cords.
Kim sold around 5,000 of these devices to people in Seoul, Korea with various ailments, and made about $1.3 million before his victims went to the police and turned him in for fraud. (That’s $260 per machine.)
I don’t know what’s worse: Professor Kim’s fake device, or using bottled water for Baptism.
Alternatively, if you want clean tap water, you could always invest in a Brita water filter. It won’t bring healing powers to your water, but it will filter out the stuff that may have caused some of the ailments suffered by Kim’s victims. After this experience, however, Seoul residents will probably be reluctant to purchase anything that claims to purify tap water for a long time.