Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Lay People Distribute Communion - Priest Sits

I had to read this post on Fr. Z’s blog, “Priest sits as lay people distribute Communion” more than once to make sure I was not imagining it. Surely this did not happen!

All I can add, to what Fr. Z writes, is that the priest clearly does not understand the difference between “extraordinary” and “ordinary”. They are “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” because they should be used in EXTRAORDINARY circumstances. “The ordinary minister of holy communion is a bishop, presbyter, or deacon.[1] 

Why are so many priests so much more concerned with their popularity than with doing what is right?

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. Possibly a degree better than having the host passed along on a plate and helping yourself whilst seated. I kid you not. This happened a few years ago to me here in SA at a local retreat center under the watchful eye of a Bishop Emeritus. The first time it happened I was so taken aback and got so flustered that I put the host into my mouth before the Communion Rite. There were two other priests present apart from the Bishop and only 4 or 5 other people present, including me!