They are incensed by a memo sent to all churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto It has a requirement that all churches "must implement the changes outlined below" including "Temporarily suspend communion on the tongue".
I have written more than once on this issue of (pace Gabriel Garcia Marquez) Communion in the Time of Swine Flu and I don’t have anything more to add.
First, I am unaware that any diocese can override what we read in Redemptionis Sacramentum about reception of Communion on the tongue.
If you have some beef with what you are experiencing, you have the right to express yourself with respect to the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome. I would love to be able to handle this for you, but until my paygrade rises pretty far pretty quickly, you had better turn to the CDW.
You must balance your own reaction and practice against the circumstances and what is being asked.
Ask yourselves if what is being requested by the local diocese is reasonable or not.
From my own experience, I have always been able to distribute Communion on the tongue without any contact between my fingers and any tongue. I could probably count the number of times they have made contact on my otherwise dry fingers.
Still, that’s me and not Extraordinary (often Unnecessary) Ministers of Communion.
This also doesn’t not take into account some people who at Communion time, for whatever reason, can’t present a stable target or who in some previous incarnation was a snapping turtle or hungry frog.
You would do help yourselves if you would take stock of how you are receiving on the tongue! If you were all really good at it, paying attention to making it easy, this issue might not be coming up as it has.
I have seen letters from various diocesan chanceries on this point. Most of them, the smart ones, approach these issues as a matter of strong recommendation. Others take the imperious approach and run the risk of compromising people’s rights under Redemptionis Sacramentum.
Nevertheless, people – pleeeeeeease – ask yourself if the request, no matter how aggressive or gentle it is, is reasonable… in the time of high contagious influenza.
Over the weekend two doctor friends of mine told me what this flu is like, both saying "You really don’t want to get this."
And if you are really worked up, and are fuming about it at the time of Holy Communion, the don’t go to Holy Communion. That way you will have only something to be angry about rather than compound your anger with a possibly sacrilegious Communion.