The debate about U.S. bishops making the decision to follow the Church’s laws about Communion under both kinds continues.
We need a conversation about several points. Let us today limit ourselves to one (which means we don’t need the introduction of “And a different point is….”). We can have conversations about some other aspects of this debate under different entries.
First, I wonder if the high dudgeon about Bp. Olmsted and Bp. Morlino is less about Communion under both kinds and more about having as many lay people involved as EMHCs as possible.
I am guessing those who object to the decisions of the aforementioned bishops have figured out that by curtailing Communion under both kinds, the occasions and numbers of Extraordinary Ministers will also be reduced. Some people have the false notion that “active participation” means “doing stuff”. They want lots of lay people in the sanctuary doing things, stepping into the role the priest is supposed to fulfill.
This is a conversation we need to have.