Look MaChurch, No Hands!

An interesting online initiative:

We are convinced of the great spiritual harm inflicted on the Catholic faithful by the practice of Communion received on the hand. We are asking the Holy Father to personally intervene to restore once again the normative practice of reception of Holy Communion on the tongue alone.

Spiritual harm. Let’s see. Surely not a rebel of the Right. Nor an unindicted co-conspirator.

I think some clergy have way too much time on their hands. And a questionable set of priorities.

My suggestion for all the rest of us Catholics: don’t start a competing petition. Keep the juvenile stuff on the other side.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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6 Responses to Look MaChurch, No Hands!

  1. One of the thing I appreciate about the present Holy Father is his preference for leading by example rather than by fiat. If others want to receive on the tongue they are welcome to do so; I’m not sure why they feel the need to rail against that which the Church has allowed.

    Full disclosure: I receive on the tongue, although that’s mainly because most of the time I have a child in my arms and it’s just become second nature (full arms or not).

  2. Whether it is on the tongue or in a throne of folded hands, the Eucharist needs to be received with the reverence it deserves. Most faithful do so.

    As an extra-ordinary minister of the Eucharist, I come across many who do not receive with reverence. Between snatching the Eucharist from my fingers or responding ‘Yup!’ to my declaration ‘The Body of Christ.’ there are many Catholics who do not receive communion as though it is the real presence.

    I agree wholeheartedly, there is no need to respond to the childishness of this initiative to mandate how the Eucharist is received. Instead, there needs to be an education of the laity about the sanctity of the real presence.

  3. John Drake says:

    So, a concern for reverence in reception of Holy Communion is childish. And decades of reception in the hand has had nothing whatsoever to do with the widespread loss of belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

    Don’t worry, boys. I doubt the Holy Father would dictate reception on the tongue. The permission to receive in the hand was born in a situation of wide disobedience. Why would he want to encourage even more disobedience?

    Full disclosure: I have received in the hand only twice in my life (I’m 57).

  4. Todd says:

    “So, a concern for reverence in reception of Holy Communion is childish.”

    No. The focus on peripherals to the exclusion of adult spiritual formation is juvenile. Reading comprehension needed, not your outrage at reading a differing opinion.

    “And decades of reception in the hand has had nothing whatsoever to do with the widespread loss of belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.”

    I would agree with this statement. I also count myself a skeptic on the “loss of belief.” I doubt it’s much different today from what it was fifty years to a century ago. And there are no decades-old polls with poorly-worded questions to determine it one way of the other.

    • David D. says:

      I was not terribly impressed by the linked site either but do think it’s a bit much to imply that these particular priest bloggers or opponents of communion in the hand for that matter “focus on peripherals to the exclusion of adult spiritual formation.” Such a statement also seems a bit odd coming from one who routinely blogs about the details, large and small, of Catholic liturgy.

  5. Jimmy Mac says:

    Two thoughts:

    Blessed are those from whom you expect nothing: you shall not be disappointed.

    “Nunquam stercus” = No more BS

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