The solution is to be found in respectful debate and listening to different viewpoints. What is important is FAITH and dependence on the Lord. Unfortunately, I have had it denied me on a number of occasions by priests who dont like giving out on the tongue. for liturgical celebrations during Holy Week, apparently allowing for although advising againstCommunion on the tongue, which they had previously. When Baby Jesus was born he was adored by the Shepherds and Kings from the East in total silence reference and awe. John Paul II states, In some countries the practice of receiving Communion in the hand has been introduced. "[30], It is also deemed appropriate to consider denying Communion "where someone is trying to use the Eucharist to make a political statement",[31] and Communion has been refused to activists of the Rainbow Sash Movement on the grounds that it has never been acceptable to use the reception of Communion as a manifest act of protest. Although bishops conferences lack legislative authority according to the Code of Canon Law, this has not prevented bishops and priests in Italy from treating the COVID guidelines issued by the Italian Bishops Conference as law. In the diocese of Milan, many of the COVID restrictions thathave been lifted elsewhere in Italy will continue, including the ban on Communion on the tongue. The liturgy provides for showing and adoring the Host and Chalice, but this is very modest, held in right proportion, and part of the larger whole. As far as legality is concerned, the relevant paragraph of Cdl Sarahs letter is Fr. In addition, canon 1331 1 of the Code of Canon Law forbids an excommunicated person, even one who has incurred a latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication, from receiving Holy Communion or any other of the sacraments of the Catholic Church, except for Reconciliation, to be reconciled to the Church. But in this momentthe health of the whole body of Christ and love for our neighbor is far more powerful than ones personal feelings. The guidelines also lift distancing requirements, but they keep masks mandatory until April 30 and leave holy water fonts empty. Oh how many of us poor neglected souls who suffer unimaginably are awaiting your help. As in the case of Catholics who divorce and remarry, if these precautionary measures fail to obtain the desired effect or are impossible, "and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, 'the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it'". Q: We contacted our bishop in protest, because he is insisting we can only receive Communion in the hand. In other words, it is to Sarahs declaration coram ecclesia that this particular point of law owes its authority. The distribution of Communion has We can, of course, do evil with our hands. Aquinas wrote in the 13th century that touching the Blessed Sacrament is proper The Sacred Congregation for Divine Thank you for SIGNING and SHARINGthis urgent petition! Q: We contacted our bishop in protest, because he is insisting we can only receive Communion in the hand. In circumstances where receiving the Eucharist on the tongue carries the danger of spreading infection, this would be a failure in love and reverence both for the Lord and for one another. According to the PCLT, this prohibition "is derived from divine law" and based on the canonical notion of "scandal", which exists even if this kind of behaviour "no longer arises surprise". Unsigned/anonymous questions are not read, much less answered (why is it necessary even to mention this?). The Church instructs that it whereas into the soul it is dissolved entirely. (St. John Chrysostom, Homily 3 There is a clear controversy and I believer that confusion over the matter is growing. (Venerable Bede, Ecclesiastical History of England, Book 4 Ch. And yet the hands hold it but for a time, People who argue for reception on the tongue on these bases are wrong. At the same time, the D.C. Medical Examiner's office does not seem interested in discovering the truth about the deaths of thefive abortedbabies and possible illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticidehappening at the D.C. Surgi-Center. In his encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Pope John Paul II states, "those who 'obstinately persist in manifest grave sin' are not to be admitted to Eucharistic communion". ! So I had to get communion on the hand. Saint Thomas Aquinas also refers to the practice of receiving Holy Communion only on the tongue. He affirms that touching the Body of the Lord is proper only to the ordained priest. The General Instructions of the Roman Missal state: The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. Receiving Eucharist in the hand or tongue is a minor issue. I can understand absolutely why some priests may be reluctant to distribute on the tongue, especially during a pandemic. Handy and eight of her fellow pro-life rescuers in PAAU are, themselves, now facing jail-time after being arrested by the FBI for conducting a traditional pro-life sit-inin October, 2020, at the very same abortion center from which the late-term deceased babies (mentioned above) were rescued. A retired priest was filling in. With an open mouth it can be quite difficult for some communicants to hold their tongue perfectly still. The document Redemptionis Sacramentum, issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2004, also addressed the matter, reaffirming the Churchs universal law permitting Communion on the tongue at any time. My understanding is that reception on the tongue has to do with scrupulosity regarding particles of the blessed sacrament to ensure all are eaten and none are unaccounted for. When Can a Layperson Be a Pastor of a Parish. Archived post. It also prohibited kneeling any day during the 50 days of Easter season. You are correct. According to the norm for the United States of America, the proper posture for receiving Communion is you should receive on the tongue. James Bradley, assistant professor at the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America, disagreed, arguing that that the decision to prohibit the Last Supper to see how Communion was given, we find that Jesus took bread, hands to be clean, protected the Eucharist from being taken home for decreed: Let consecrated, and likewise the priests hands, for touching this Sacrament. We should offer Masses for Our loved ones who may be in purgatory and prayers and good deeds and sacrifices for them and conversion of all sinners in our World. Also FWIW, St. Alphonsus Liguori developed the Spiritual Communion prayer, used daily in ICUs worldwide and for patients who are NPO (non per os, or unable to receive anything by mouth). All rights reserved. tongue was considered more noble and pure than the hands. I have never once had my tongue touched by a priests hand. According to a press release in September 2020, 27 medical doctors wrote to the German bishops that there were no medical reasons for a ban of Communion on the tongue. Earlier that year, 21 doctors in Austria supported the professional opinion of Professor Filippo Maria Boscia that Communion on the tongue is safer than hand Communion. Boscia is the president of the Association of Catholic Doctors of Italy. are holy through Him to whom they belong; but when taken in hand worthily, they Of course, reception on the tongue is a valuable spiritual and devotional expression in normal times of life. My family has watched in horror as members of the faithful kneel down with a tongue extendedin a time of a global pandemic. But, the Medical Examiner's office has refused to take any action, saying they will not perform autopsies on the babies. An anonymous Twitter account has shared this fascinating photograph from 1965: (1) Notice the pope gives Holy Communion to those who kneel. NO personal preference should hold sway over the reason and common sense of spread by touch. This is what he did in Palestine. Click here to read their Privacy Terms. Eucharist? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. You can be humble and healthy at the same time. varied and both the Scriptures and liturgical history provide evidence that So should we. we celebrate Mass. parishes is the option of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue. Archbishop Roches letter declines to issue a ruling on the matter in question. , as they came shortly after the Bishops Conference eased rules for priests and the faithful. [23], This ruling of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was cited in an article by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Periodica de re canonica, vol. Lets have a look at the canon. Those who want to promote Communion on the hand must do so by rational argument and catechesis rather than by diktat. I know from many years of experience that in distributing the Eucharist on the tongue, it can be difficult to avoid any contact with the tongue. [35][36][37][38][39] Catholic commentators debated whether the denial of Holy Communion was appropriate in these cases. Priests in Rome have seemed hesitant to honor the wish of the lay faithful to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. the laity. Required fields are marked *. Save my name and email in this browser for the next time I comment. Article 1650 states, "they cannot receive Eucharistic Communion as long as this situation persists." Mystic. If we look to the first Mass the To receive in the hand is an indult or special permission that does not exist in most parts Cathy Caridi, J.C.L., is an American canon lawyer who practices law and teaches in Rome. This practice has been requested by individual episcopal conferences and has received approval from the Apostolic See. How can this be. for you are not yet appointed to die, since you talk so merrily with I know its over the top but it made me want to never go to church or at least not get communion anymore. It was considered a sin , and never no matter the circumstances touch the Host. Renewing an old approach to welcoming newcomers to the U.S. Its unclear exactly when the ", But, commenting on the arrest, Lauren Handy stated: "Media reports have stated that we invaded the abortion center and disrupted women from exercising their reproductive rights. subjected to conditions) or revoked by that same authority, I suggest that the obedient and faithful response is to receive on the hand. [26], The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith commented on the United States bishops' 2004 document: "The statement is very much in harmony with the general principles 'Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion, sent as a fraternal service to clarify the doctrine of the Church on this specific issue in order to assist the American Bishops in their related discussion and determinations'. bring reward, when unworthily, judgment. Im so disappointed. He invited Jesus to do something rash and potentially fatal, arguing that he would be safe because God would rescue him. sight of all the people, he restored him to the use of his legs: and after he Thank goodness for this! had put our Lords body into his mouth, that tongue, which long time before had When public worship resumed, the Bishops of England and Wales specified that communion was not to be administered on the tongue, but some individual priests and bishops chose to ignore that. Do scrupulous Catholics not understend the definition or gravity of an uncontrolled pandemic? **Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot of pro-lifers protesting outside the Surgi-Center abortion facility, in Washington, D.C. Communion in the mouth could be infantile. In an exclusive videointerview with LifeSiteNews, Lauren Handy, the director of activism at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), told LifeSiteNew's Editor-in-Chief, John-Henry Westen that, with the help of a whistleblower,her organization rescued and properly buried the remains ofabout one hundred aborted babies from Santangelo's Surgi-Center. By submitting your information, you agree to allow LifeSiteNews to send you email communications. 92 of Redemptionis Sacramentum states: If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. 20 This stands to reason because, as Canon Lawyer Cathy Caridi explains, the norm in the Church is reception on the tongue, whereas Communion in the hand is only granted by We healthcare workers are exhausted from such nonsensical selfishness. on the Manner of Distributing Holy Communion, Memoriale Domini. 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