From a reader:
The Wanderer told me to write to you and see if you perhaps answer my question. My question is in regards to receiving Communion. Hasn’t the Vatican said that a person cannot be refused Communion if they kneel? The reason for asking is because I am a member of a Catholic Network, and there is a person who also is a member of the same network who has said that her priest has told her to stop kneeling for Communion. Can you give me some help on this?
In short: No. People may not be prevented from kneeling.
The CDW document on liturgical abuses Redemptionis Sacramentum states:
[90.] “The faithful should receive Communion kneeling or standing, as the Conference of Bishops will have determined”, with its acts having received the recognitio of the Apostolic See. “However, if they receive Communion standing, it is recommended that they give due reverence before the reception of the Sacrament, as set forth in the same norms”.
[91.] In distributing Holy Communion it is to be remembered that “sacred ministers may not deny the sacraments to those who seek them in a reasonable manner, are rightly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them”. Hence any baptized Catholic who is not prevented by law must be admitted to Holy Communion. Therefore, it is not licit to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ’s faithful solely on the grounds, for example, that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing.
Not licit. That is to say, it is against the Church’s law to prohibit someone from kneeling for Communion.