The April Newsletter of the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship is out.
Inter alia there is an article entitle, "Ten Questions on Influenza/Swine Flu and the Liturgy"
After Q&A about how influenza is transmitted, in #8 we are told that Ministers of Communion should "practice good hygiene". Newsflash.
However, we go on to read:
9. What about further adaptations or the restriction of options at Mass?
The Diocesan Bishop should always be consulted regarding any changes or restriction of options in the celebration of Roman Catholic Liturgy. However, the need for the introduction of widespread liturgical adaptations for the prevention of the transmission of influenza in the dioceses of the United States of America is not evident at this time.
"Hmmm…", muse I.
People all over the USA have been sending me notes from their own dioceses with recommendations that Communion be distributed only in the hand, namely that It not be given on the tongue.
I wonder, … if it is not evident at at this time that there should be any liturgical adaptations, and if it is not really possible to deny Holy Communion on the tongue (because of Redemptionis Sacramentum), I wonder if… when the risk of influenza abates… will there be letters coming from diocesan chanceries saying that it is okay to distribute Communion on the tongue again?
You can bet that there will be notes saying that it is okay to distribute Communion with both species.
you can bet that there will be notes saying that it is okay to give the Sign of Peace.
Will there be notes saying that Communion on the tongue is okay?
I’m just askin’…