Covid Communion in hand with gloves?

The Holy See has said continuously and forcefully over against bishops that Holy Communion is to be distributed on the tongue of any recipient so desiring regardless of any Covid.

Scientifically speaking, the Catholic Medical Associations both in the USA and in England and Wales have stated that distribution of Holy Communion is more hygienic on the tongue than in the hand. But when it comes to respect for faith and science, no one cares. Or should I say, people want to do the wrong thing. Maybe some are just mistaken, with no one to correct them. Fine. But here’s the correction.

I know of a pastor who, contravening this, forced an elderly woman who had never received Holy Communion in her hand to do so, and then break it in her hand so as to give Viaticum to her extremely elderly dying mother. It totally broke her heart to do this. The priest also forced her to put a mask on her dying mother, even though this would likely have killed her, so shallow and worked-up was her breathing. I got a call about this before that other priest arrived and told her that she was to hold the mask over the face of her mother but up and away from her mouth and nose. At least that. But this is all insane.

Those priests who do their own will over against the Church and force people against their consciences are acting ultra vires – beyond their powers – as they have no authority to do this. It is not disobedience to put one’s hands behind one’s back to reverently receive on the tongue. If you are denied, do not rebel, do not talk back, do not fight. Just go quietly back to your pew and later have a bit of dialogue about it with proper authority in the Church.

One person said it was his plan to wear plastic gloves, you know, Latex, Vinyl & Nitrile Gloves, which collect fragments like a magnet, hyperbolically more than in the video above. DON’T do that. DON’T insult our Lord. Respect our Lord and He will lift you up in His grace more so than if you had disrespected Him just to get Holy Communion, as if that were a superstition forcing God. Sorry, there I am, judging again. But, anyway, here’s the correction!

And DON’T be afraid of priests.


Filed under Coronavirus, Eucharist

9 responses to “Covid Communion in hand with gloves?

  1. sanfelipe007

    Thank you, Father. Division is so destructive. The Bishops are divided, the priests are divided, and the sheep? We hear and know our Shepherd’s voice, but the background noise is growing louder.

  2. nancyv

    oh Father, after reading today’s Mass readings (John 15:26-16:4) and in regards to your previous post, I am just about ready to run for the hills. Lord have mercy on us. Praying for your continued courage. St. Michael, the Archangel…

  3. Madgalene

    I know of one person who was refused communion on the tongue but got permission to use a pyx and the priest would agree to put the Host into the pyx and then she would use her tongue to retrieve It and consume It.

  4. Joisy Goil

    I have never thought communion in the hand was wrong. I really thought that is was a return to origins of the Eucharist at the last supper when Jesus said to the apostles – ‘take and eat…’

    At one time (in our diocese) we were receiving the blood as well and shared the cup – some people complained that even thought the chalice was wiped between each communicant, it was unsanitary and would spread germs -. Bah!! I do not believe Jesus would allow ANYONE to get sick receiving His body or blood. But alas the cup is no longer offered.

    In the chapel there was a drain for left over consecrated wine. But those of us who served as Eucharistic ministers at our 11 AM mass consumed the left over wine and never got sick. In fact we considered it a great privileldge.

    • Father George David Byers

      They drain would be a sacrilege incurring excommunication!

      • Joisy Goil

        OMG! Really? Now I am really glad that we consumed the ‘left overs’. I’m not trying to be disrespectful, but that is what some of the E.M.’s used to call the unconsumed wine. In fairness to our pastor, when we told him there was a considerable amount of unconsumed consecrated wine left – he reduced the amount he consecrated.

        As for the drain, we were told it lead directly to the ground. I didn’t question that but liked our way better. I am stunned. Thank you for that info. We don’t share the cup anymore – but it is still something EM’s should know.

      • Father George David Byers

        That’s a sacrarium but that doesn’t matter. That priest stands automatically excommunicated. I’m a Missionary of Mercy and can lift that for him.

  5. galwayirishheart

    Well said Father! Thank you!

  6. galwayirishheart

    Well said Father! Thank you so much

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