I’m on the record as being, at the very least, skeptical about big outdoor Masses where throngs of people are expected to receive Holy Communion (no matter who they are). There are… problems that arise from these expectations.
One problem: Too many Hosts. What to do?
One solution has been to send them to local churches for eventual distribution to the faithful. I believe it was in Washington for a Mass with John Paul II that unconsumed sacred Hosts were sent off in, well, garbage bags.
In any event, in my messages today I received word of a situation following the Holy Father’s visit to South America.
Apparently, one religious house in Trujillo now has 100,000 consecrated Hosts from the Pope’s Mass that they are to distribute.
I seems that the actual attendance was just a little bit off from what was expected.
At one point you would think that someone, looking out at the much smaller than anticipated crowd, would have said, “Gee. Maybe we should remove some of these ciboria?”
So. Mega-Masses. You decide.