So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Holy Communion: Tongue Talk

H/T Mary Jane Ballou @ Chant Cafe

Good reading from a paper posted at Una Voce:
Fœderatio Internationalis Una Voce
Positio N. 3 
7. The possibility that Holy Communion in the hand might lead to a ‘deplorable lack of respect towards the eucharistic species’ was confirmed by Bl. Pope John Paul II (n.30). The danger of deliberate profanation of the Blessed Sacrament, also noted in Memoriale Domini, has also sadly become evident, in an age in which sacrilegious acts can be made public on the internet to the scandal of Catholics all over the world. This issue is raised again by the Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum (2004), which again refers to the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament exclusively on the tongue as the effective remedy:
If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful (n.31)
n.30—(St.) Pope John Paul II Letter Dominicae Caenae (1980) 11 
n.31—Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum (2004) 92, reiterating the Congregation of Divine Worship’s response to a dubium given in 1999, recorded in Notitiae 35 (1999) pp. 160-161
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  1. I agree with you. The question becomes, how do priests actualize this reality of stopping profanation? I would argue that the crisis in the Church comes down to an Eucharistic crisis. All the errors, heresies, confusion, dissent stem from a lack of belief, respect in the Holy Eucharist. If priests and faithful really, truly believed that upon the Altar is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, there would be a true revolution in the Church.

  2. Well said.

    The devil has led many souls into perdition through faulty catechesis. I agree, a true revolution in the Church will begin with the restoration among the flock of adoration of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. For that to happen, the compass of the New Evangelization must point unfailingly to the Holy Eucharist and, without compromise, to the true, good and beautiful celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Seminary education and seminarians must be converted. I think we saw under Pope Benedict XVI the beginnings of the plan for seminary renewal with the transcendentals front and centre. The sheep will go where the shepherds lead them. But, if the shepherds are lost, the sheep will be led off a cliff.


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