Last year I posted a column title, Weapons of Mass Destruction. In it I lampooned many of the abuses that arose out of the Second Vatican Council.
I revisit that post only to shed some light on how the abuses came about referencing Church documents, councils, and prelates.
Holy Communion in the Hand is allowed only as an indult, ie, a concession. In May 29, 1969 the Congregation for Divine Worship issued a document allowing for, but not to displace the traditional practice of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.
The correct reception of Holy Communion has always been and still is on the tongue.
Unfortunately this has become the norm which has resulted in the desacrelization of the Eucharist.
Ad Populum, or facing the congregation during Mass was recently allowed in Pope Paul VI’s Missale Romanum in 1969 (fully released in 1970). Meaning it was not mandatory to face the congregation in all parts of the Mass, but only in certain instances.
Altar Girls, were allowed to serve in Mass by the Congregation for Divine Worship in a letter by Cardinal Ortas on March 15, 1994.
Basically there was a “reinterpretation” of Canon 230 that allowed a loophole for female altar servers.
So each national conference can decide to allow this, which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed to. Meaning that each diocese can decide for itself whether or not to allow female altar servers.
It is important to note that the Bishop is in line with apostolic succession and has the final say for liturgical practices in the diocese concerning female altar servers.
A beautiful picture of a young child receiving Jesus from Papa Bene himself!
(Biretta Tip: Fr. Zuhlsdorf)
Salvete AC readers!
Here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:
1. The Indian Catholic is reporting that Pope Benedict’s next encyclical will be on the global meltdown.
“The Pope’s message fundamentally will be one of hope… …it will be filled also with truth about how false economic principles and moral ideals can lead mankind toward the abyss…”
For the link click here.
2. Communion in the hand, this recent innovation, is dissected by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on his blog. Fr. Z wants us to consider the following:
Consider the lack of care with which many receive, how they move the Host around and handle it.
Consider that often there is a more or less properly prepared EMHC also handling the Host.
Consider the condition of the skin of the palm.
Consider the few seconds after a person transfers the Host from palm to mouth.
Consider that the Host has been in contact not only with the palm, but the fingers of the other hand.
For the link click here.
My friend Jay Anderson over at his always well worth reading blog, has a story about Father Jay Scott Newman’s controversial decision that voters for Obama should do penance before receiving communion. The anonymous comments are priceless. Perhaps some of our readers would care to share their thoughts pro and con over there? For the record, my guess is that Father Newman will quickly be taken to task by his Bishop and rightly so, but the howls of the Obamabots have to be read to be believed!
Update: Good analysis by Ed Morrisey over at Hot Air.