If it’s not already, the Catholic blogotariat will be atwitter about this one fairly soon:
At the direction of Pope Benedict XVI, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion will no longer be permitted to assist in the purification of the sacred vessels at Masses in the United States.
The one thing it has going for it is to restore a stronger sense of service in the clergy.
In practice, I suspect that parish priests will be bothered by the interruption of good pastoral time after and in between Masses. It’s possible to delay purifying vessels till after Mass. Most often that takes place in the sacristy.
I’d like to hear from the clergy in the readership here: do you guys see this as having any impact on the quality of the celebration of Mass? Or is this another shot in the foot for priestly morale?