Pope Francis offers Holy Communion to a child making her First Holy Communion by doing so in a way that is both hygienic and in no way a cause of spreading deadly epidemics and pandemics. It also places the Latin Rite in continuity with our Eastern Rite brothers and sisters at the time of Holy Communion, it is Holy Communion by intinction with the Consecrated Host and Wine mixed together:
The Jesuit Magazine, America, has an on-line article about the laity returning to receiving both Species of the Most Precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Lord, Jesus. You can read it by pressing the title:
My scientific comments that are also theologically sound: I have promoted this for years, but not the common chalice. Scientists, but only since Covid-19, have finally caught up to my dire warnings about the common chalice and its potential to spread an epidemic or even a pandemic and thus be deadly to unsuspecting communicants.
The common chalice can be deadly, especially for those with co-morbidities! We learned that during the pandemic too.
So, while the lay person who wrote the America article pleading that parishes return to the epidemic/pandemic spreading common chalice, I way, no, hell no! But intinction, yes!
Intinction would put the Latin Rite Church in line with the Eastern Rites of the Church. When they offer Holy Communion, they offer our Lord under both Forms (Species) but co-mingled, like the water that is placed into the wine prior to its consecration.
Intinction is the way to go. Do I hear an “AMEN?!