It’s sort of a head-scratcher on one of the more common reasons given for the confluence of the Hermeneutic of Subtraction and Communion from the Cup. Br Dan sorts it all out for you here.
As one dotCommonweal commentator asked earlier today, which is worse to consider:
- The bishops of Phoenix and Madison are ignorant of the fine details of the GIRM and Roman Catholic liturgical legislation?
- They are lying to their people?
I can understand bishops getting in way over their heads on administration–wanting to defend a brother priest even to the point of enabling criminal behavior. Lay people do that, too. But bishops have a sacramental and apostolic responsibility to the believers entrusted to them. These decisions on liturgy betray a crucial lack of prudence. But they also expose a few of our shepherds as woefully out of their element on matters of theology. Or in simply telling the truth.