From a priest…
I am a new priest. My pastor tells me that after the Good Friday
liturgy, he buries any leftover consecrated hosts, so that the
tabernacle is “fresh” for the “new beginning” of Easter. Is this a
legitimate practice? It seems suspicious.
This seems not just wrong, but very wrong, sacrilegiously wrong.
I consulted trusted canonists.
Were I in your position, I would contact your local bishop and ask him humbly if this practice constitutes a violation of:
Can. 1367 One who throws away the consecrated species or, for a sacrilegious purpose, takes them away or keeps them, incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; a cleric, moreover, may be punished with some other penalty, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state.
Of course for any penalty to be incurred, the person committing the delict has to know that it is seriously wrong and then will to do it anyway.
The combox is closed. I will accept email from clerics on this matter.