Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOMBSHELL FOR ROCHESTER, NEW YORK DIOCESE: IT IS THE COMMUNICANT'S CHOICE TO KNEEL OR STAND TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION AND HOLY COMMUNION MAY BE DISTRIBUTED BY WAY OF INTINCTION AS AT THE VATICAN

Pope Francis distributes Holy Communion to the lay faithful by way of intinction:
Pope Benedict distributes Holy Communion to kneeling Communicants:
The Diocese of Rochester makes clear that both ways of distributing and receiving Holy Communion are norms for the Diocese!
The Diocese of Rochester may be one of the most post-Catholic dioceses in the nation. Let me change that: the Diocese of Rochester was one of the most post-Catholic dioceses in the nation.

Their new bishop just issued a very detailed description of how the sacraments of the Church are to be celebrated in his diocese with emphasis on preparation for these sacraments and a detail promulgation that the norms for the celebration of the sacraments found in the approved liturgical books of the Church, such as the Roman Missal, be followed. This is a bombshell for Rochester which was stuck in the 1970's liturgically and otherwise.

You can read the entire PDF by pressing this sentence.

But this is but one example that must be sending shock waves through the clergy and laity of this once post-Catholic diocese:

1. Christ’s faithful may wish to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing. 
  
2. The option of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue or in the hand is the choice of the Communicant, except when pastoral necessity requires that Holy Communion be given on the tongue. Also, one must be conscious of preserving the Blessed Sacrament from profanation. 

3. Consuming the Precious Blood from the chalice is also an option and must never be forced upon the people. 

4. If Holy Communion is to be administered by intinction, “...The Priest takes a host, dips it partly into the chalice, and showing it, says, Corpus et Sanguis Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ). The communicant responds Amen and receives the Sacrament in the mouth from the priest and then withdraws.” 
Holy Communion by intinction requires the use of a communion plate (paten). 

5. “The communicant, including the extraordinary minister of
Holy Communion, is never allowed to self-communicate, even by means of intinction.”




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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A Catholic bishop upholding the Faith......in the U.S.A.? Is this a joke post? If it's real I wonder if he will be removed and sent to Malta.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Just remember because you and others have forgotten, Pope Francis appointed this bishop just last year!

Richard M. Sawicki said...

Yes indeed!

Francis gave us Matano and Scharfenberger, whereas Benedict, sadly, gave us Dolan.

Gaudete in Domino Semper!

Ted K said...

Bp. Matano was sent to the Diocese of Burlington for a few years and straightened out the mess there from the effects of past sexual abuse. He was one of the first Bishops to celebrate the EF Mass after Summorum Pontificum and did so at his co-cathedral regularly twice a year, as well as going around his diocese to celebrate it in various parishes, allowing the faithful to "sample" it, as it were. His departure was a loss for Vermont, but I can see that it is a great gain for the faithful of Rochester. Vivat pastor bonus!

Joe Potillor said...

I'd argue the Bishop appointments are more a reflection of the nuncio rather than the Holy Father himself per se, (save Cupich)...

The thing that I'm really glad to see is Communion on the Tongue is listed 1st and kneeling is listed 1st as to give primacy to them.

Deo Gratias for this we can be thankful for Pope Francis for the transfer and for JPII for his appointment to the office of Bishop. He was ordained the same day as the election of Pope Benedict XVI

benanderson said...

Bishop Matano is a true blessing for our diocese. Please keep him in your prayers.