How many times since I have been blogging since about 2009 or so have I sounded the alarm about the danger of contracting viruses and diseases from multiple people drinking after one another from the common chalice especially those who receive last and the poor person drinking the dregs of ablutions?
How many times have I been mocked and persecuted by one or two who comment here for being Chicken Little about this and the low chance of anyone getting sick or dying from this unsanitary practice in which the Church could be held legally liable?
And now there is a new hysteria being promoted from the top down, secular and religious sources, about the contagion of the Coronavirus. We're in a pandemic and while we need to take precautions, we won't know until all this has passed if what we are doing now is an over-reaction or not. Time will tell.
I was at our Cathedral in the mid 80's when the AIDS crisis with its panic and hysteria were at a peak, not unsimilar, but on a smaller scale, to what is happening today. The gay lobby put an end to that hysteria and called everyone homophobic and bigoted toward gays for thinking being in close proximity with a person with aides might transfer the disease to them. No such lobby today to put an end to today's Coronavirus hysteria.
Let me make clear what the difference is between the common chalice and normal things we do in church in normal times. We all need to live in the world and touch things that are contaminating with all kinds of germs and viruses, even poison. We take precautions but live life in a carefree way because touching things and social interaction are necessary.
Much of what we do in life is involuntary or required and much of the germs we experience help us to build immunity. My parents intentionally exposed me to chicken pox when I was 4 years old so that I would get it then and not later at an older age that would be more dangerous. (This was before a vaccine). The same will be true of the coronavirus until a vaccine is developed. Those who have recovered will be developing a immunity.
The common chalice is not necessary for the Laity or anyone. It is a mandate of dogmatic liturgists and bishops who swallowed these liturgists' mandates about the Post Vatican II Mass hook, line and sinker much of which has led to the Liturgy Wars and the malaise in Mass attendance we had just prior to the Coronavirus and who knows who will return to Mass when it ends?
No one should lick or place their mouth on door knobs, hymnals or any other unclean surface or think they should because someone told them the chances are slim to none that they will get sick. The same with the common chalice. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED FOR IT NOW, IN THE PAST, OR IN THE FUTURE!