From a reader:
I am a student at a university, where I am an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the chaplaincy. I prefer to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.
When commissioned by the previous chaplain, after Mass I was asked very gently for me to receive in the hand when ‘being’ an Extraordinary Minister. [Which probably violates your rights as described in Redemptionis Sacramentum.]
The reasons for this were:
1) Not to confuse the faithful [Because they are that stupid?]
2) We sin more with our tongue than our hands [Something you would tell a 9 yr old.]
3) I would have to handle the Host with my hands anyway (so stop being fussy about the crumbs on your hands) [Then maybe the non-ordained shouldn’t be UP THERE AT ALL!]
I have been an extraordinary minister in other parishes, but this has never been brought up, and I always felt uncomfortable with it. So I only receive in the hand at the chaplaincy.
That Chaplain has since left to become a Cistercian and has been replaced.
Is it wise to speak to the new chaplain about this, asking to receive on the tongue in this capacity, explaining why I do not do that now? Is there a rule against extraordinary ministers receiving on the tongue?
I have just applied for priestly formation in this sparsely populated, liberal diocese, and feel many more such questions will come up in the future, where I will have many problems with reconciling my own ‘spirituality’ with everyone elses.
Thank you for any time you can spare, and thank you for your blog and podcasts, for which I am very grateful.
Sorry about all this. This is part of growing up in the Church of What’s Happenin’ Now, I’m afraid.
If you are interested in trying your vocation, the first thing you will need to learn is to suffer in slience.
Otherwise, I don’t no what to say.