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In Spain at Sagrada Familia Queen Sophia refused to kneel before GOD and receive the Body of her Divine Saviour in the manner that the same Divine Savior’s Vicar on earth has pointed to as the most appropriate.
UPDATE: 10 Nov 1015 GMT:
A friend sent this and I must, in justice, share it with everyone (edited).
As much as we would like it or suppose it, Queen of Spain never converted to Catholicism….
Remember, they even had a double wedding, one catholic, one orthodox, as forbidden as that may be in general. It still is common practice in Greece.
She however is by far the best and most faithful member in the Royal Family, and she does not fear to be unpopular in shabby Spain, even on the usual social issues ….
So the way she received communion is the orthodox one, and none other she would accept. And receiving communion is according to can. 844 § 3.
I was unaware that the Orthodox received in the hand. I thought they received under both kind and directly in the mouth through the use of a spoon.
Nevertheless, I happily receive correction in this matter if this is the reason why the Queen received in that manner. At the same time, when one is in Rome, one does best to receive as the Romans. When I go to am Eastern Catholic Church and receive the Sacrament, I receive in their manner of receiving. Food for thought.
UPDATE: 10 Nov 2344 GMT:
Someone sent via email:
I suggest you watch the video from the Barcelona mass. The picture of
the queen is a little misleading. She wasn’t at the kneeler in front
of the Pope. He went over to her and she was on a platform above him
in a very awkward position. I doubt she was being disrespectful.
Of course there was no link to the video.