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.