Saturday, May 16, 2009

What that Spanish article below is about!


A may 14th Equadoran newspaper article lamenting that 40 years after the Vatican's 'suggestion' to switch to hand Communion, few people in Ecuador are paying attention and most people still receive on the tongue. This is despite the local hierarchy's efforts to get 'up to date.' The priest in the photo is all worried about getting spit on his fingers which he says happens all the time. He thinks hand Communion is better. The lady taking Communion in the hand is a catechist [Where is the ciborium? What kind of staging is this?] . Of course! it is always the 'experts' who want to impose innovations and or skandal.




The article does make mention of Bishop Laise's book 'Communion in the Hand' which lists Satanism as one of the profanation dangers which hand Communion facilitates. The authors refer to Satanism as an 'inconvenience'.


Among other things, the article repeats the oft-heard argument that 'since the disciples took the Eucharist in their hands, it must be ok.' This is the protestant reformers' argument that the medieval church, 199AD to 1520, with its growing appreciation of the Eucharist, made one huge error and departure from pure apostolic Christianity. They anticipated the Church's litugical 'experts' of the 1960's and 70's in that they also were against kneeling before the Eucharist and receiving on the tongue because these practices fortified the Catholic dogma...
...They still do.
..And 'liturgical experts' who repeat this protestant argument are saying in a sneaky way that the protestant reformers were right and the Church was wrong.
K. C.

2 comments:

  1. There are so many fallacies relating to this.

    The one about the apostles is one of my favourites. A) we do not know that the apostles received in the hand. It is more than likely that Our Lord placed a morsel in their mouths: that was a recognised custom in feeding guests in that culture. moreover, the apostles were not laity: they were the first bishops. So the whole argument is flawed throughout.

    This is really a concession to protestantism and modernity: and as such it is to be resisted (appropriately!) by anyone with any respect for the traditions of the Church.

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  2. No fair Ben! I was just about to post what you said almost verbatim! :)

    The Apostles (at the time of their Holy Communion) were Bishops - Our Lord made them so with the words "Do this...".

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