Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pope: Returning to Communion in the Mouth

I just got this from the Associated Press that "Pope Benedict XVI intends to return to the old way of distributing Communion at Masses" according to Msgr. Guido Marini.
Benedict's master of liturgical ceremonies said in an interview Wednesday in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the pontiff will place the Communion host in the mouths of the faithful who kneel before him. ... Benedict gave Communion to kneeling faithful during his trip this month to southern Italy. The aide, Monsignor Guido Marini, says that distributing Communion the old way helps faithful be devout.
We know how the secular media can get some of the most basic details of the Catholic Church twisted or misinterpret some poor old nun and state that Catholic teaching has changed. So maybe Msgr. Marini may have been interjecting that the Pope will continue to offer Communion to the more pious and devout who choose to receive Communion in the mouth. Or this could actually be true!
(Biretta Tip: PewSitter)


Matt said...

This is nothing new, the universal norm is communion on the tongue. The diocesan bishop can set the norm as standing or kneeling, but they can not refuse communion on the grounds that the communicant choses to kneel.

God Bless,


Leticia said...

I was a teenager when Communion was first received in the hand, I left the church in tears that day.
It would be a wonderful day when this irreverent practice is halted.

Matt said...

More good news!



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