Here’s another disgusting fact about the common chalice. There are no rubrics about how the common chalice should be cleansed after up to 20 or 30 people have drunk from the same chalice.
In the EF Mass, only the priest drinks from his chalice. There are two cleansing. First wine is poured into the chalice and the priest strives to swirl the wine to get most of the precious blood droplets out of the chalice. He then drinks this. Next he places his fingers over the chalice and a server pours water and wine over his fingers into the chalice. The priest purifies his fingers, drinks the ablutions and dries the chalice. The chalice, paten and purificator along with the corporal cloth are covered with a veil and purse. There is no other cleansing of the chalice before the next Mass.
With the common chalice in the Ordinary Form, there are no rubrics, except this, which most pastors dispense:
The priest or deacon or instituted acolyte are to do the first cleansing by pouring only water into the chalices either after Holy Communion or after Mass. He is to drink the absolutions no matter how many after communed from the common chalices. He then dries them.
In this case, God only knows who sanitizes these chalices once again with hot water and dish soap. There are no rubrics about the second cleansing in the sacristy after Mass and how thoroughly.
Most parishes delegate the complete cleansing of the chalices after Mass to the lay extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. There are stories of this being done reverently and irreverently in the sacristy.
But there are no universal rubrics or guidelines for the laity in terms of the first cleansing of these chalices and the drinking of contaminated ablutions and then a second cleansing with dish soap and hot water to sanitize them before being used again.
It simply depends on the parish and what guidelines the pastor has established if any.
And there are different laity cleansing the chalices each week at the variety of Mass.
So when these unsanitized chalices are used again, God only know what germs remain on the chalices even though they look clean.
Let me reiterate this again: THE COMMON CHALICE IS A DISGUSTING NOVELTY IN THE CATHOLIC MASS.