Fr. Z writes about a meltdown in Knoxville, totally unnecessary by the way Press title for post:
My comments: These have been stressful times. The Chinese Virus, also known as the Wuhan Virus, the Coronavirus, Covid-19 and One World Government Dictatorship has created all kinds of reactions across the secular and religious world. I know I get all kinds of comments and advice about reopening my parish and how many think this is all blown out of proportion.
And yes, I think that it is unfair that so many places are open, like crowded grocery stores and Walmart, but churches can't even be open for private prayer.
But I get too much advice and in these post Vatican II days when the laity think the Church is a democracy, even traditionalists, think we have to follow their dictates. The good bishop of Knoxville seems to be asserting his pre-Vatican II authority but in the worst pre-Vatican II authoritarian way, in a way, similar to what happened to the Church when Vatican II was imposed in the most pre-Vatican II authoritarian way possible.
When human rights, like the right to work, are systemically dismantled overnight, dictators get ideas. And those in politics are often megalomaniacs prone to become dictators with their utopian ideas that always destroy people in their dystopian application.
One theologian, when Masses open, wants those who want to receive Holy Communion to remain at the back of the line so that only they get sick with the Coronavirus and not the obedient Catholics who receive in their filthy, dirty hands which the Eucharistic Ministers touch over and over and over again notwithstanding the one priest in the world who never does touch hands. Maybe he's a disembodied angel?
The good Bishop of Knoxville has adamantly refused to give Holy Communion on the tongue, although the USCCB is allowing it. Now he has gotten into a twitter rage with enraged, ugly, mean-spirited traditionalists who are "neo-Protestants" at heart, not all but a goodly number.
Susan Skinner in this post isn't the mean spirited one, but the ones that follow, especially the bashing the good bishop gets from traditionalists on his twitter account:
Yes. They will not give Communion on the tongue as per my instruction. And if the person makes a scene, they will be asked to leave and not permitted to return unlike this passes. Reception of the Eucharist is NOT to be used as a statement of personal piety. Protection of others
Take a deep breath good bishops and everyone else. This too shall pass.