A friend alerted me to a new development in the world of sacramental practice. Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth:
Mass will continue to be celebrated at the scheduled times throughout the territory of the Diocese of Fort Worth, but without a congregation physically present in the church.
(Holy Communion) is to be distributed in an open space with safe social distancing, in the hand, and not through a car window.
In my archdiocese, distributing Communion outside of Mass was rejected out-of-hand. The concern was the likelihood of people not practicing safe distancing. Maybe the church parking lots in Texas are bigger, but I’ve heard stories about what happens in them when we’re not in a pandemic crisis.
This seems well-meaning, but problematic to me.