Sunday, March 08, 2020

Catholic Answers admits that Denying receiving on the Tongue isn't “at the Discretion of the Priest or Bishop”

The bishop in my diocese due to the Coronavirus is not permitting Communion on the tongue. Today, my Traditional Latin Mass confessor told me if the priests at the Novus Ordo Mass I go to on weekdays refuses to allow me to receive on the tongue to just do a spiritual communion.

If they refuse they are denying me my right as a Catholic to receive on the tongue. It is on the priest's conscience not mine.

Even the Novus Ordo Catholic Answers admits that the denying of my right to receive on the tongue isn't “at the discretion of the priest or bishop”:

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue?


Question:


Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue, I was denied Communion. Not wanting to make a scene, but fairly confident of my rights, I whispered that I can receive this way. The minister apologized but said that the bishop does not permit Communion on the tongue. How can this be?

Answer:


The universal law of the Latin rite is that we receive Communion on the tongue. To receive in the hand is an indult or special permission that does not exist in most parts of the world. By law, it is a right of the faithful to receive on the tongue, and the faithful must not have their rights denied.


The Vatican promotes Communion on the tongue not only for its long tradition but because it “expresses the faithful’s reverence for the Eucharist” and “removes the danger of profanation of the sacred species” (Memorial Domini 1277).

Since the indult was granted, profanation of the sacred species does now occur. John Paul II states,

In some countries the practice of receiving Communion in the hand has been introduced. This practice has been requested by individual episcopal conferences and has received approval from the Apostolic See. However, cases of a deplorable lack of respect toward the eucharistic species have been reported, cases that are imputable not only to the individuals guilty of such behavior but also to the pastors of the church who have not been vigilant enough regarding the attitude of the faithful toward the Eucharist. It also happens, on occasion, that the free choice of those who prefer to continue the practice of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue is not taken into account in those places where the distribution of Communion in the hand has been authorized. (Dominicae Cenae 11.9)
The new GIRM, in its directives for distributing Communion, states,
The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant. . . . The priest raises the host slightly and shows it to each, saying, Corpus Christi (the body of Christ). The communicant replies Amen and receives the sacrament either on the tongue or, where this is allowed and if the communicant so chooses, in the hand. (160–161) 

Notice that it says, “The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant.” It does not say, “At the discretion of the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist” or “at the discretion of the priest or bishop.”
As an added bonus to this post, below is an old post on how I deal with attending Novus Ordo Masses when I can't attend a Traditional Latin Mass due to work:

I wish I could Attend daily TLM & how I survive the NO Masses
I love attending the Mass of Masses:

the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

I, also, love attending daily Mass, but because of work and time constrains I am forced to go mostly to Novus Ordo (NO) Masses on weekdays.

I am in paradise at the Sunday TLM, but I must go to purgatory for the weekday NO Masses.

The way I survive the NO Mass is by pretending I am at the TLM.

I make zero responses and am silent at the entirety of the NO Mass. I pray the Our Father and creed silently.

At the NO Mass I don't shake hands, but if someone comes to me then I will respectfully nod to them if they are next to me and are attemping the apparent other central moment, for many, of the NO Mass: the handshake.

I pray my rosary, silently, before the readings and often during what apparently many NO priests symbolically seem to think is the central part of the NO Mass: the homily.

I knee during the Holy Consecration when Our crucified Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ is made present by the sacred words of the priest.

I kneel when I receive Our Lord at Holy Communion despite the startled looks of the NO priests.

And even more startling for NO priests, I receive on the tongue. Last week, a elderly NO priest gave me a very slight slap on the face because he was so disconcerted he almost dropped and missed placing the Blessed Sacrament on my tongue.

I feel sorry for him and all NO priests because they don't seem to realize or are blind to the tremendous loss of celebrating the NO "Eucharistic celebration" with it's emphasis on the "dialoguing" with the "people" instead of the Mass of the saints with it's emphasis on adoring Our Lord in the sacrifice of the Mass.

After receiving, I kneel, adore, offer reparation, make petitions, make a short examination of conscience, meditate and silently listen to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament inside of me until the ending blessing.

I stand when we are supposed to stand then kneel at the priest blessing at the end of Mass.

I generally try to sit in the front row so as not to be distracted by all the immodestly dressed women.

I spend an half hour of thanksgiving and prayer after I receive Holy Communion unless an act of charity forces me to do otherwise.

Most of the time, I can't do my thanksgiving and prayer with Our Lord inside of me in the church so I silently do it as I drive and at home.

And that is my survival guide if one has no choice, but to attend a NO Mass.

When I leave the NO Mass sometimes it feels like I am leaving a battle zone.

I can envision the angels as I leave sounding the battle cry:

Viva Cristo Rey!

Long live Christ the King!
The hour of battle has sounded!
The hour of victory belongs to God!

Remember all you battle worn warriors with so many more battle wounds, all you heroes who make me look like a midget in comparison, never give up and never forget we will win if we don't drop God's war banner. Remember:

The hour of victory belongs to God!

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
      

2 comments:

Georgia said...

The post on how to attend NOMass reverently in the middle of non-reverence is excellent. I basically do the same when I attend one at the end of an Adoration day at that Parish every Wednesday pending my ride home. I stopped going to Communion there and never with the lay people providing it. A Spiritual Communion is just as good where there is a valid reason for not going to Communion Our Lord told St. Gertrude in her "Revelations"--all Catholics should read them -- Our Lord guaranteed that all that do in good faith will be given what they need.... Non-Consecrated hands touching the Host is Sacrilege as Our Lady forced the Demons to admit in an Exorcism She oversaw in 1977-78. After the Chastisements and The Warning the Masonic NO"mass" of Mason Bugnini will be history and all will be back to attending the Mass God gave the Saints for us...Unfortunately, lots of bad events to weather/survive until that occurs....God bless all!

AMalek said...

I had the same issue with only having the possibility of NO Masses available during the week. After a while, I gave up. I got angry with the people who attended and this distracted me from the preparation of receiving. Too stressful.