Wednesday, August 19, 2015
IT IS TIME TO STOP MEGA PAPAL OUTDOOR MASSES! IT CREATES MORE PROBLEMS THAN IT CELEBRATES!
If you go to the pope's Mass on the Sunday His Holiness is in Philadelphia when he celebrates a mega Mass in an unconfined area, you do not fulfill your Sunday obligation if you can't actually see or hear the pope but only on a jumbo television, so says the Archdiocese of Philly which you can read here for all of their warnings!
We've gone from the sublime to the ridiculous as it concerns outdoor mega papal Masses and especially the desire to distribute Holy Communion to everyone who is there sometimes not only in the hundreds of thousands, but millions as in Brazil and maybe in Philadelphia.
I found the papal Masses at St. Peter's Square very well done as it is a contained area. This is also the case when in a stadium. But when in a venue that is not confined and permits a million or more people, the pope needs to say no, I won't celebrate Mass in this venue!
But even in the confined mega Masses at St. Peters and elsewhere, there is this silly desire that everyone in attendance should be allowed to receive Holy Communion. I distributed Holy Communion at the Mass when our Holy Father consecrated the world to the Blessed Mother. I had to go to the end of the square, to the periphery as I normally do in my ministry anyway, but it was chaos in terms of distributing Holy Communion and people taking the Host and passing it back to those who couldn't come forward.
We didn't need to give the entire crowd Holy Communion. There should be just a confined area where Holy Communion can be easily distributed. You don't have to receive Holy Communion at Mass. The Mass has graces apart from receiving Holy Communion!