For those of you who read Italian, Paolo Rodari has an interesting piece on Communion in the Hand and what Pope Benedict is doing.
I don’t have a lot of energy for translation today. Maybe later.
In the meantime, I hope may one of the other interested blogs will dig in and help us all out, if they haven’t already.
I think that Pope Benedict, in shifting to distributing Communion only on the tongue of people kneeling, is not only trying to remind us that this posture is acceptable – in face of decades of false archeologizing progressivists haranguing us that everyone must stand with outstretched blah blah – he is trying to help us summon the courage to buck the status quo and return to the more reverent usage.
In any event, Rodari has a brief history of how the Italian Bishop’s Conference voted into possibility Communion in the hand even in Italy. He show
Oh, how I remember that day when it went into effect for Italy.
I was in seminary. I recall having a bit an argument with the rector about Communion in the hand. He was against it and thought it would never catch on. I said to him that in the USA we had had it for years and, mark my word, it would catch on in Italy too. It would start with curiosity for some and then become habitual and that the progressivists would impose it on the young. Impossible, he declared. Then, as we were walking into the chapel we over heard two seminarians conversing about it. One said to the other, "I think I’ll try receiving in the hand… to see what it is like!"
What a scourge this has been for the Church. What damage it has done.
So long as the law remains that people have the option, priests must not explicitly deny people their right.
However, by catechesis and by example of how priests say Mass and handle the Blessed Sacrament, they should move people more and more away from this imprudent practice.