In the article I post below, Cardinal Sarah decries the mega Masses that are celebrated and mostly in Saint Peter's Square. I have distributed Holy Communion at approximately five of these Masses with upwards of 100,000 faithful and unfaithful present. I have done so at the periphery of the Piazza. I can tell you that I have no clue as to who is Catholic or simply a pagan tourist seeking a relic from their vacation.
While we are told by Vatican Mc's not to distribute Holy Communion in the hand, it is quite common for communicants to receive in the hand both in and outside of the Basilica. The worst experience I had, and I pray it wasn't captured on camera by me doing it, even unwittingly, is that tourists and or pilgrims pass the Host back to those who can't manage to come forward to the Communion station. God only knows who is receiving worthily and unworthily. I left it to God to take care of Himself. I am sure He can; but we mere mortals must help with the reverence that is due Almighty God, no?
No modern pope has tried to rectify this situation, protest as Cardinal Sarah does, not even Pope Benedict who I believe lamented the same thing. It would be easy to do, simply cordon off a section for pre-selected FAITHFUL to sit and only offer Holy Communion to this small group with the Sacrament of Confession available prior to the Mass for this group. Everyone has to be present very early prior to one of these mega Masses.
But the true problem that Cardinal Sarah highlights aren't these mega Masses, as bad as they can be from the viewpoint of how to consecrate so many Hosts and indiscriminate distribution of Holy Communion, but this more destructive problem in many/most Ordinary Form Masses which His Eminence also highlights:
Cardinal Sarah also regrets that some "unfaithful priests in the memory of Jesus" insist more on the festive aspect of the Mass than on the bloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross."The importance of the interior dispositions and the necessity to reconcile with God accepting to allow us to be purified by the sacrament of the confession are no longer in fashion," concludes the prelate.
The first picture above is simply blah and banal and captures no one's imagination whatsoever and it isn't festive but it is completely destructive of authentic Catholic liturgical spirituality and devotion. The second makes clear that the priest is a priest offering the Sacrifice on behalf of the Church and that the emphasis is on the "bloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross", offered as its re-presentation but in an unbloody, glorified, eternal way. That alone is enough to capture the imagination of those behind the priest facing the same direction--the symbolic liturgical east or the actual east!
Cardinal Sarah denounces mass masses "with thousands of attendees"
June 24, 2017
"Men and women in adultery and unbaptized tourists who participate in Eucharistic celebrations of anonymous crowds can receive without distinction the Body and Blood of Christ." This is the situation that warns Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in his book The Force of Silence.
Cardinal Sarah emphasizes the need for the Church to study with urgency "the ecclesial and pastoral opportunity of these multitudinous Eucharistic celebrations with thousands of attendees." For the Guinean cardinal, today there is an immense danger of converting the Eucharist "into a vulgar verbena" and of desecrating the Body and Blood of Christ.
"The priests who distribute the sacred species without knowing anyone and give the body of Jesus to anyone, without distinguishing Christians from non-Christians, participate in the profanation of the Holy Eucharistic Sacrifice," says in his book The Force of Silence.
The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship warns that "with certain voluntary complicity," those who exercise authority in the church are guilty in permitting the sacrilege and desecration of the Body of Christ "in those gigantic and ridiculous self-celebrations, where There are very few who realize that the death of the Lord is announced until he comes. "
Sarah also regrets that some "unfaithful priests in the memory of Jesus" insist more on the festive aspect of the Mass than on the bloody sacrifice of Christ on the Cross."The importance of the interior dispositions and the necessity to reconcile with God accepting to allow us to be purified by the sacrament of the confession are no longer in fashion," concludes the prelate.