From a reader:
My pastor refuses to give me Holy Communion on my knees. I approached him privately. He claims that I am denying him his rights as a priest, destroying unity……he has tried to compromise with me by requiring me to sit in one pew where he can give me communion inconspicuously. My family does not fit in this little pew. So if I don’t arrive early enough to get into the right seat, I have no right to receive kneeling. I have written our bishop, who is unlikely to be sympathetic to my desire for reverence. Can you advise? We live in a one parish town, and generally travel on Sundays for a TLM. I am a daily communicant now, but I feel sick about all this.
First, Redemptionis Sacramentum says clearly:
[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.
The priest may wish to offer that there are "other grounds". He would be wrong.
If he argues that you are not acting in unity with his wishes… er um… the majority of the congregation at that parish, it must also be acknowledged that he is not acting in unity with the Church’s clear legislation and your rights as a member of the faithful.
If you brought this up with the local bishop or …. better, and… the Congregation for Divine Worship, they must back your right to receive kneeling. It sounds as if you have not received an answer from your bishop yet. You might wait for the bishop’s response.
However, at any time you may write to the Congregation.
Antonio Card. Canizares Llovera
Prefect of the Congregation for
Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
Palazzo delle Congregazioni
P.za Pio XII
00120 VATICAN CITY
Include copies of everything you have done or received. Read this.
But do remember to examine your conscience. Be sure that you are not merely being stubborn, rather than being merely reverent.