Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cardinal Suspends Communion in the Hand


Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna has prohibited the reception of communion in the hand.

The Cardinal's reason? The "privilege" of communion in the hand has been gravely abused: individuals have taken the Sacred Species as "souvenirs," put consecrated Hosts up for sale, or taken them to be profaned in satanic rites (yes Virginia, there are people out there who take pleasure in committing deliberate sacrilege).

Consequently, Cardinal Caffarra has decided that “communion shall be distributed to the faithful only on the tongue.” Ushers are to ensure that each person who approaches the altar rail to receive communion “consumes the host immediately and that no one be allowed to walk away with the Eucharist in their hands or to place it in their pockets.”

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