Saturday, January 15, 2011
REFUSING SOMEONE HOLY COMMUNION IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING THE SANCTITY OF THE SACRED SPECIES
I read a story about a priest in the Pensacola Diocese who refused a mother and daughter Holy Communion. Read about it by pressing these two sentences.
Our post Vatican II method of distributing and receiving Holy Communion is the elephant in the room that progressive liturgists don't want discussed. If a Catholic truly believes what the Church teaches about Holy Communion and receiving our Risen and Glorified Lord, then we should all be offended that the intentional or unintentional desecration of the Blessed Sacrament occurs weekly in most parishes throughout the world.
I consider St. Joseph Church as a parish to be someone conservative, traditional in understanding the Mass and what it means to receive Holy Communion. Our members who attend Mass regularly receive Holy Communion properly. But almost weekly, we have problems with people who are visiting or simply attend Mass on an infrequent basis and present themselves for Holy Communion without a clue about how to receive and what to do with the host once they are given Holy Communion.
Weekly, I see or someone reports to me that someone walks off with the host, brings it to the pew or goes directly out of the Church once "taking" Holy Communion. I've had parishioners tell me they go directly to the "culprit" and ask that they "eat" the Host or give it to them.
Personally I have a difficult time "policing" what people do with the host once they "take" it. By "taking" it, I am referring to those who receive in the hand, not on the tongue. I do notice that many people take the host and place it in their mouth as they walk away. Others do what is taught; they step to one side, place the host in their mouth and then leave. We teach that people should not leave the minister of Holy Communion until they have placed the host in their mouth. But are those distributing Holy Communion meant to be "policemen?"
We have found hosts in the pews, on the floor, in missalettes and hymnals.
This will drive those who are progressive and think "taking" the host and self-communicating is more adult and post-Vatican II than "receiving" the host on one's tongue, but here it goes. I think the likelihood that someone will discard the host in an inappropriate way is lessened when receiving on the tongue.