Last month I was denied Holy Communion for kneeling by the associate priest at my parish in ___. I couldn’t believe this happened to me but had heard that this has happened before.
I am new to having to defend the traditions of the Church so I decided to write a letter asking why this happened with support from the GIRM and Canon Law. I am new to having to defend the traditions of the Church to some of her priests.
I received a reply from the actual pastor saying that Canon Law does indeed say it isn’t permitted but that in the past he has asked those who kneel to stand with the regular excuses that it might disrupt and cause disorder.
I am wondering if you can offer me any other supporting documents that prohibit such actions and if there are loop-holes that allow this to happen?
First, take a look at this page for tips about how to write to ecclesiastical authority.
People have the right to kneel. They must not be impeded or denied Communion if they do. You can review Redemptionis Sacramentum on these points.
The other part of this is trickier.
You must decided, after a good examination of conscience, how much of this is about imposing your own will in the face of resistance.
I want to see everyone kneel if they can, of course, and receive directly on the tongue. But we are living in a transition time. Many elements of the silly season are still going strong. We must be patient.
I don’t buy that a person kneeling causes disruption. I think that the priest insisting that people stand causes more disruption. But, consider your motives well.
Review everything you have written and received. If you need to make another move, after having consulted the pastor and received back a letter, then you may have recourse either to the local bishop – probably the best next move – or the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome.