VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The four dozen people who received Communion from Pope Benedict XVI on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ received the Eucharist on the tongue while kneeling.
Imagine if this were done elsewhere, perhaps EVERYWHERE. While standard and mandatory in the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, it is still OPTIONAL and licit in the Ordinary form. If the option to receive Holy Communion 'standing' exists, then the option to 'kneel' or 'genuflect' must also coexist. Options imply a CHOICE. Sadly, some clerics feel it necessary to act as if they were Nazi stormtroopers and humiliate any of the faithful who freely choose to exercise their option to KNEEL and to receive on the TONGUE. Perhaps it is time to rescind the options of receiving standing and in the hand and go back to one method, KNEELING and on the TONGUE. We might see fewer irreverent and sacriligeous Communions and the public display of reverence would also bolster Eucharistic piety, devotion and affection. When something is valuable (not just monetarily but ontologically), we treat it with awe and respect. When something is trivial, we treat as pedestrian. The Real Presence of the Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity of Christ DESERVES and WARRANTS our total attention, respect, love and affection. Crass and bourgeois behavior belittles Our Divine Savior. Reverence and attention to detail show deep and profound love. It also goes without saying that politicians who notoriously support abortion should not seek nor should they be given Holy Communion since their sinful endorsement of a grave evil disqualifies them from reception and makes it a sacrilege.