From a reader:
I was told by a pastor in the Dallas Diocese today that I was in rebellion because I genuflected before I received Communion at his Novus Ordo church. He also criticized those few who knelt for Communion. He stated that the "norm" in the US is to stand and receive in the hand, and that anything else is rebellion and an act of pride. He stated that the point of Communion was to "build community," and thus we should all do the same thing – to genuflect or kneel somehow violates the spirit of that community, in his mind.
Is he right? Could those who kneel or genuflect at Communion reasonably be interpreted as being in rebellion for those practices?
You might offer to that priest a copy of the CDW’s 2004 Redemptionis Sacramentum:
[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.
[92.] Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful.
If you are deeply concerned about this, you might write to the local bishop and ask him if he agrees with the priest. Ask him if you are in rebellion because you desire to kneel for Communion.
You might also ask the bishop if he agrees that the point of Communion is to "build community".
If you write, you might want to consider some of my tips for writing such a letter.
Finally, I think we should avoid terms like "Novus Ordo church". A church is a church is a church. Some are more or less suited to sacred rites, but I think that sort of distinction is unhelpful – even though it may simply and innocently be used to identify a place where only the Novus Ordo is used rather than the older, traditional for the Roman Rite.