From a reader…
Hello Fr. I am coordinator of our Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. But we have a very troublesome one. He attends every mass and receives Holy Communion at every mass up to six times a day. The priests have told him twice a day only but he still continues to abuse the Blessed Sacrament. It is becoming very divisive in my parish is there anything I should do? as people are complaining to me about the situation. i cannot get to meet with my PP. One man is destroying my parish. We also have a CC [?!?] that is encouraging this behavior and is a real bully. Looking forward to your answer.
What is a CC? cubic centimeter? Catholic Cardinal? crazed curmudgeon? Folks, if you are going to write to me with questions, make sure I will know what you are talking about.
If you are the coordinator of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and you cannot meet with the parish priest, then something is seriously wrong.
Write to tell the parish priest of this situation. Offer your resignation if he is unwilling to address the matter. You do not want to be a part of this sort of problem.
The law is clear. The faithful who are properly disposed can received Holy Communion once a day, and then once more in the context of Holy Mass. To receive more frequently is, as you note, an abuse.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law says:
Can. 917 – Qui sanctissimam Eucharistiam iam recepit, potest eam iterum eadem die suscipere solummodo intra eucharisticam celebrationem cui participat, salvo praescripto Can. 921, § 2.
Someone who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist can receive it again (iterum) on the same day only within the Eucharistic celebration [i.e. Mass] in which the person participates, with due regard for the prescription of can. 921 § 2.
And… can. 921 § 2 says that if a person is in danger of death, he may receive Communion even it is not in the context of Mass. That is Viaticum.
That iterum does not mean “again and again”, but merely “again, one more time”.
Sometimes, when one brings up a problem, those in authority either choose not to deal with the problem, or choose to deal with it in a way not to our liking. At those times, often the best course of action is to withdraw from the situation for the sake of one’s own sanity, to pray for those involved, and to muddle on as best as one can. We can rarely change others, but we can change our attitude towards them.
Pray to this gentleman’s Guardian Angel and to the Holy Spirit. Then leave it aside and don’t let it destroy your interior life.
Moderation queue is on.