Wednesday, June 03, 2020

"..each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue..."

Unlike Bishop Rozanski, here's a Bishop who understands that Catholics have a right at all times to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.  See here.

Redemptionis Sacramentum, No. 92:

"Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.

Holy Communion on the tongue is the norm.  Communion in the hand is only allowed by indult, which is a sort of grudging permission.

I challenge Bishop Rozanski, or any Bishop or priest who believes Communion on the tongue may be prohibited, to cite a Church document that justifies this belief.

I await a response.

In the meantime.  See here.


Orange Catholic said...

Don't hold your breath. Liberal clerics like Bishop Rozanski or our own "pastor" Father Shaun refuse to listen to facts. They're more interested in imposing their will on others.

And they won't let facts get in the way of their progressivist ideology.

BeaconStreetCatholic said...

Letter from Holy See to American Bishops

Communion in the Hand

Following is the letter of April 3, 1985, from the Congregation for Divine Worship (Archbishop Augustin Mayer) to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (Bishop James Malone, president) [Prot. 720/85] approving Communion in the hand and giving basic instructions for how it is to be administered and received:

Your Excellency:

The Holy See, since 1969, while maintaining the traditional manner of distributing communion, has granted to those Episcopal Conferences that have requested it, the faculty of distributing communion by placing the host in the hands of the faithful…. It would seem opportune to draw attention to the following points:

1. Communion in the hand should show, as much as communion on the tongue, due respect towards the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For this reason emphasis should be laid, as was done by the Fathers of the Church, upon the dignity of the gesture of the communicant. Thus, the newly baptized at the end of the fourth century were directed to stretch out both hands making "the left hand a throne for the right hand, which receives the King" (Fifth mystagogical catechesis of Cyril of Jerusalem, n. 21: PG 33. col 1125, or Sources chretiennes, 126, p 171; Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 47: PG 63, col. 898. etc.).*

* In practice the opposite direction has to be given to the faithful: the left hand is to be placed upon the right hand, so that the sacred host can be conveyed to the mouth with the right hand.

2. Again following the teaching of the Fathers, insistence is to be laid upon the importance of the Amen said in response to the formula of the minister, "the Body of Christ"; this Amen is an affirmation of faith: "Cum ergo petieris, dicit tibi sacerdos `Corpus Christi’ et tu dicis ‘Amen’, hoc est ‘verum‘; quod confitetur lingua, teneat afectus" (Saint Ambrose, De Sacramentis 4, 25: SC 25 bis, p 116).

3. The communicant who has received the Eucharist in the hand is to consume it before returning to his place, moving aside yet remaining facing the altar in order to allow the person following to approach the minister.

4. It is from the Church that the faithful receive the Holy Eucharist, which is communion in the Body of the Lord and in the Church; for this reason the communicant should not take from the paten or container, as would be done for ordinary bread, but the hands must be stretched out to receive from the minister of communion.

5. Out of respect for the Eucharist, cleanliness of hands is expected. Children need to be reminded of this.

6. It is necessary that the faithful receive sound catechesis in this matter, and that insistence be laid upon the sentiments of adoration and respect that are required towards this most holy sacrament. (cf. Dominicae cenae, n. 11). Care must be taken that fragments of the consecrated host are not lost (cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, May 2, 1972: Prot: no. 89/71, in Notitiae 1972, p. 227).

7. The faithful are not to be obliged to adopt the practice of communion in the hand. Each one is free to communicate in one way or the other.

Got that last paragraph Bishop Rozanski?

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Communion on the tongue, the Apostolic Tradition:

E said...

Rozanski and many priests in the Springfield Diocese are too removed from the Catholics in the pews. They sit in their ivory towers believing themselves to be"above" the rank and file whom they deem as mere peasants not worthy of responding to.

Bishop Rozanski will not respond to your challenge. Neither will Father Shaun here at St. Mary's. They cannot. They lack the skill set to engage in authentic dialogue or respond to thoughtful challenges.

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