From a reader asked a question about the post I made about the document Ecclesia de mysterio, which among other things requires that we avoid using Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to often or in too many numbers when circumstances don’t really require them.
If an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is fully aware of a
document such as Ecclesia de mysterio and the uses and limitations of
their ministry, can they in all good conscience continue in that role
if he or she continues to be asked to serve on a regular basis at
inappropriate occasions? Could it be construed as sinful to continue
in that role if they know what they are doing is wrong in the light of
I don’t know it it is sinful or not. I think that depends on the circumstances. It could be that if a person is in the role at a parish where the pastor is determined to have them no matter what, it would be better to stay in the role and ensure that what is done is as reverent as possible rather than turn it over to people who would not to a good job of it.
What this suggests to me is that priests and bishops who allow this to go on abusively are perhaps placing good lay people in occasions of sin during the most sacred things we have as Catholics, Holy Mass.
An accounting for this practices will have to be made one day. If priests defy their bishops in this matter, and the bishop does nothing, nevertheless, the priest will one day stand before the judge. So will the bishop. If the officials of the Holy See ignore their part in this, they will be held to account as well.
I have no idea what that accounting will result in. Perhaps they are doing the right thing. Perhaps they aren’t. The Just Judge, King of Fearful Majesty, will know how to sort this out.