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Five Words That Would Calm the Storm – OnePeter5 – Dec 13, 2016

In one of the pivotal scenes of the Gospel — one of several moments in which the apostles begin to recognize Christ’s true power — we find Jesus asleep in the stern of a tempest-tossed boat... [ read article >> ]

Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous – Dec 12, 2016 – National Catholic Register

I have received, from many of God’s faithful, requests for advice on how to understand the growing storm in the Church on the subject of marriage — and in particular on the subject of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. There are theologians and canonists who are better able to speak to the details and to the possible scenarios if Pope Francis continues to remain silent on this matter, but as a pastor of souls I feel that I must provide an answer... [ read article >> ]

Bishop Schneider has spoken the final word on Amoris Laetitia (FULL TEXT) – Lifesite News – Dec 9, 2016

When Our Lord Jesus Christ preached the eternal truth two thousand years ago, the culture, that is the reigning spirit of that time, was radically opposed to him. Specifically it was religious syncretism, the gnosticism of the intellectual elites and the moral permissiveness of the masses, especially with respect to the institution of matrimony. “He was in the world, but the world knew him not” (John 1:10)... [ read article >> ]

The pope has refused to be clear about Communion for the ‘remarried,’ yet now we’re forced to accept it? – Lifesite News – Dec 7, 2016

Within the Catholic Church, the authority of the Roman Pontiff is considerable. But even papal authority—and especially papal infallibility—has its limits. The Pope speaks with authority when he sets forth the deposit of the Faith, explaining—in union with the college of bishops—what the Church has always and everywhere believed. Anyone who understands the nature of the Petrine power should recognize that, even when he speaks on questions of faith and morals, there are some things the Pope cannot say... [ read article >> ]

Cardinal Sarah: Not Even a Pope Can Dispense With Divine Law (UPDATED) – OnePeter5 – Dec 6, 2016

In an interview originally published in 2015 in the French weekly Homme Noveau, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments weighed in, if somewhat obliquely, on the question of the dubia. A quick (and slightly cleaned up) machine translation of the Spanish reprint in InfoCatólica gives us a somewhat rough, but understandable rendering... [ read article >> ]

The Dangerous Road of Papal Silence – The Catholic Thing – Dec 3, 2016

The letter of the four Cardinals to Pope Francis, and the decision to go public with this document certainly constitute a stunning affair in the history of the Church. When has anything like this ever taken place? There’s the sad history of Ignaz Von Dollinger, which eventually led to his excommunication, but Dollinger was simply a priest-historian, and no Cardinals ever joined his challenge to Vatican I’s solemn teaching on papal infallibility... [ read article >> ]

My parents lived as ‘brother and sister’ for 25 years so they could receive Communion: priest – Lifesite News – Nov 9, 2016

While a movement of outspoken cardinals and bishops have suggested that it is not only “unrealistic” for couples in irregular situations to abstain from sex, but requires a “heroism [that] is not for the average Christian,” living as brother and sister is exactly what Peter and Anne Stravinskas decided to do so that they could align their lives by God’s standards and be able to receive Jesus in Holy Communion... [ read article >> ]

+Burke goes into attack mode, and the counter-revolution begins – non veni pacem – Nov 16, 2016

My previous post ended with the promise of open warfare coming in the near future; in the wake of the Four Cardinals’ letter. But even I did not expect it to arrive so quickly. In the interview with Edward Pentin released yesterday, Cardinal Burke lays out the reasons for the letter. Obviously intended as a direct strike at the heart of FrancisHeresy contained in Amoris Laetitia, +Burke speaks plainly about what happens next. It’s canonical, it is hostile, and there is no turning back: OPEN WARFARE kiddos... [ read article >> ]

Against the False Charge of Rigidity – Liturgy Guy – Nov 11, 2016

In a recent interview with Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, Pope Francis has once again demonstrated his continued misunderstanding of the Traditional Latin Mass and its adherents... [ read article >> ]

6 Reasons Why Lutheran Intercommunion Isn’t Possible – OnePeter 5 – Nov 1, 2016

The joint proposal to work towards shared Eucharistic communion, signed yesterday in Lund, Sweden, by Pope Francis and the President of the Lutheran World Federation (whose member churches, by the way, generally support abortion and same-sex “marriage”), is extremely troubling. For the following facts must be remembered... [ read article >> ]

Cardinal Kasper Reveals His Hand – OnePeter5 – Oct 26, 2016

LifeSiteNews’ Jan Bentz has translated portions of an article by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper published in Stimmen der Zeit. In it, the curial official who has become synonymous with the proposal to give Holy Communion to the divorced and remarried makes some important revelations about the aftermath of Amoris Laetitia (AL), as well as the thinking that shaped it... [ read article >> ]

Cardinal Kasper: Can the ‘remarried’ now receive communion? ‘Yes. Period.’ – Lifesite News – Oct 24, 2016

In a recent publication of the German journal Stimmen der Zeit (Journal for Christian Culture), Cardinal Walter Kasper published an article calling Amoris Laetitia a “paradigm shift” in the Church’s teaching. “Amoris Laetitia: Break or Beginning” is the title of a recent scientific article by Kasper in which he analyzes the post-synodal exhortation and provides his opinion on the right hermeneutic in reading it... [ read article >> ]

CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH – GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD … - ROMAN CATHOLIC MAN, FR. RICHARD HEILMAN – OCT 23, 2016

This past Easter Sunday, a future saint (hopefully) of our Church, Mother Angelica, passed to eternal life. Personally, I believe Mother Angelica, single-handedly, began to turn the Barque of St. Peter around during a time when the Church was moving at breakneck speed into a Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. Much like a loving parent watching her toddler wander out into a road with busy traffic, Mother Angelica was stern and disciplinary in her rebukes of this terribly dangerous trend... [ read article >> ]

Confidence in the Church: What do we do when we want to cry? – Catholic Culture/Dr. Jeff Mirus – Oct 14, 2016

It’s been a difficult year for deeply-committed Catholics, by which I mean those who accept all that the Church teaches and who sincerely try to conform their lives to Christ in accordance with Divine Revelation and natural law—of which the Church alone is the custodian. This is the year in which doubt has hardened into certainty on the question of Pope Francis’ apparent lack of commitment to the Church’s “hard sayings” (Jn 6:60)... [ read article >> ]

Lay Eucharistic Ministry Born of Communist Infiltration – David Martin – September 16, 2016

On June 29, 1972, on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of his coronation, Pope Paul VI declared to the world, “From some fissure the smoke of Satan entered into the temple of God.” The pope was referencing the diabolical forces that had infiltrated the Church through the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Now a key objective of Vatican II was the empowerment of the laity, in keeping with its theme of “active participation of the faithful.” With the Council came the new definition of priesthood as The people of God. It saw the whole Church as one hierarchy or priesthood, but in different ranks, with the ordained ministerial priesthood being only one rank of this priesthood. What was proposed was the fallacy that we are all priests of one hierarchy... [ read article >> ]

The Experiment of Communion in the Hand Has Been a Disaster – Liturgy Guy – September 10, 2016

Many Catholics are familiar with Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. (July 23, 1933-October 3, 2014). A co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, as well as being a retreat master and author of numerous books, Father may be best known for hosting the long running EWTN show Sunday Night Live with Fr. Benedict Groeschel. What may not be as well known are Father’s views on the modern practice of receiving communion in the hand... [ read article >> ]

Pope: ‘No other interpretation’ of Amoris Laetitia than allowing communion for divorced and remarried – Lifesite News – September 9, 2016

In a letter reportedly leaked by a priest in Argentina, Pope Francis writes that there is “no other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia other than one admitting divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion in some cases. The letter, dated September 5, comes in response to a confidential document by the bishops of the Buenos Aires pastoral region to priests instructing them on the application of the Pope’s controversial apostolic exhortation. LifeSite has acquired copies of both original documents and has provided professional side-by-side translation... [ read article >> ]

Bishop Morlino’s Move to Ad Orientem Masses in Madison – Brian Williams, OnePeterFive – September 6, 2016

This past weekend the Most Reverend Robert Morlino, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin made an announcement of great liturgical importance. Going forward His Excellency will be offering all of his Masses at the Cathedral ad orientem. Make no mistake about it, this is a major development on the liturgical landscape of American Catholicism. While Bishop Morlino is a strong supprter of the Traditional Latin Mass, and has offered it publicly on numerous occasions, his recent announcement pertains to Masses offered in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite... [ read article >> ]

Archbishop Paglia: Pope Wants Me to Continue the Work of Amoris Laetitia – OnePeterFive – August 24, 2016

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia — the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family – recently gave an interview to Vatican Radio. On 21 August 2016, Radio Vatikan, the German branch of Vatican Radio, reported the following: With these new appointments, in Paglia’s eyes the pope clearly wants to continue the new course which emanates from the Synod of Bishops [on Marriage and the Family] and his encyclical [sic] Amoris Laetitia... [ read article >> ]

What Demons Know About the Eucharist that Many Catholics Don’t – OnePeterFive – August 23, 2016

Did you know that only 63% of American Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and a full 17% of those have no idea that this is what the Church actually teaches? Roughly half of Catholics surveyed don’t know — with anything approaching doctrinal certitude — this essential truth of our Faith. And I’d be willing to bet that if a larger sample were taken, we’d find even fewer Catholics who actually believe that the Eucharist is truly Christ’s body, blood, soul and divinity. According to a 1994 New York Times/CBS News poll (cited here) in the 18-44 year-old demographic, 70% of self-professed Catholics believed that the Eucharist is “just a symbol..." [ read article >> ]

Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner" – The Eponymous Flower – August 19, 2016

"The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear!" Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal... [ read article >> ]

The Revival No-One Expected – Catholic Herald – August 11, 2016

Britain’s Syro-Malabar Catholics, soon to grace the city of Preston with a long-deserved cathedral, seem to be having something of a breakout moment. In June, the ordination of a deacon in Southwark diocese attracted headlines in Catholic publications across the world: Joice James Pallickamyalil is the ancient Kerala-rooted Church’s very first married deacon. (He is also, I feel loyalty-bound to note, a product of the St Mary’s University formation programme.) And last month a new Eparchy for Great Britain – a kind of diocese sans frontière – was announced. It is only the fourth to be established outside India... [ read article >> ]

“Ad Orientem” and Granovetter’s Threshold Models of Collective Behavior - Corpus Christi Watershed – August 5, 2016

I'm a bit late to the party. Copious ink has already been spilled regarding Cardinal Sarah’s address at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London and his comments regarding celebrating Mass ad orientem in the Novus Ordo (“New order of the Mass”). Robert Cardinal Sarah was appointed by Pope Francis as Prefect for the Vatican’s CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP in 2014... [ read article >> ]

“It’s My Body”: How Abortion is the Opposite of the Eucharist

Millions of children are aborted every year, and so many politicians and people continue to support it. Society makes it clear “it’s your body,” so why shouldn’t you be able to do what you want with it? But have we politicians, party followers, and all, ever stopped to look at the great merit of the body? Scripture tells us this, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6) You are not your own: interesting how Scripture tells us something completely different and controversial to what the world is saying... [ read article >> ]

Theological Censures Against Amoris Laetitia Revealed – OnePeterFive – July 27, 2016

“The apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, issued by Pope Francis on March 19th 2016 and addressed to bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, Christian married couples, and all the lay faithful, has caused grief and confusion to many Catholics on account of its apparent disagreement with a number of teachings of the Catholic Church on faith and morals. This situation poses a grave danger to souls.” So begins the 13-page document sent by an international group of Catholic theologians, pastors, historians, and scholars “to every one of the Cardinals and Patriarchs, of whom there are 218 living at present.” Though the document was intended to be viewed only by its ecclesiastical recipients and not the general public, it has now been published in full on the website of The Australian by Tess Livingstone, who is also the biographer of Cardinal George Pell... [ read article >> ]

Pope Benedict and the Coming Catholic Realignment – Patheos – July 26, 2016

Why are so many Catholics disturbed, annoyed, restless, frightened and angry? It’s because we are going through a time of Catholic realignment. In the United States and the rest of the developed world we are experiencing a breakdown of the old Catholic tribalism that we have got used to over the last fifty years since the close of the second Vatican Council... [ read article >> ]

Christ’s Body, My Choice – Lifesite News – July 26, 2016

Last week, Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, the Virginia bishop for Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion Catholic running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, put out a press release announcing his decision not to enforce Canon 915, saying that for “Catholics in public office,” “worthiness to receive the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist” is a matter for each person “to decide through an upright and informed conscience.” In other words, Bishop DiLorenzo has gone out of his way to make clear that, the ongoing scandal of Kaine’s weekly public reception of Holy Communion while supporting pre-born child killing on the campaign trail will continue indefinitely in his diocese... [ read article >> ]

Looking Towards the East while Sailing West Aboard the Titanic – akaCatholic – July 21, 2016

As we know well enough, RMS Titanic was a marvel of beautiful construction. She was the largest, most luxurious, and most probably even the safest passenger liner with the best available technology of her day, the first decade of the 1900s. Built in the Harland and Wolffe shipyards of Belfast, she was launched on 31 May 1911. After trial runs, she was finally ready for her maiden voyage, which was to cover the classic route from Southampton (England) via Cherbourg (France) and Queenstown (Ireland), and westwards on to New York... [ read article >> ]

Bishop Paprocki Defends Priest That Denies Communion to Catholic Politician – Courageous Priest – July, 2016

Paprocki has been an ardent enforcer of the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life and marriage. In October, Bishop Paprocki derailed an attempt by the gay activist Rainbow Sash Movement to have prayer inside Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Springfield specifically for the Illinois legislature’s approval of a same-sex marriage bill... [ read article >> ]

Why Ad Orientem is Anathema To So Many – Liturgy Guy – July, 2016

It is still mind blowing to see the continuing reaction to Cardinal Robert Sarah’s call for more ad orientem masses. As I have chronicled previously, the swift response from the Vatican to the Cardinal’s address at Sacra Liturgia U.K. was enough to make your head spin. In an era of conflicting ecclesial conferences, ambiguous footnotes, and “go make a mess” Catholicism, it would appear that right worship and traditional orientation might be the only exception to the rule... [ read article >> ]

On Facing East During Mass – Crisis Magazine – July 11, 2016

Symbols mean something. A nephew of mine recently returned from a business trip to London. He told me that he was surprised to see that the congregation there knelt to receive Communion. Another lady I know in Pennsylvania told me that she kneels when going to Communion. But when she went to another church in her area, the lady distributing Communion would not give it to her because she was kneeling. At a parish in Washington, a friend told me that a disabled priest in the sanctuary, who was not distributing Communion, yelled at a man kneeling for Communion: “We do not kneel in this Church!” Everyone was upset. So the “rigidity” that Pope Francis often speaks of works in both ways... [ read article >> ]

Eucharistic Adoration: A Window to Heaven – Catholic Spiritual Direction – June 26, 2016

There is no monitor or video screen at eucharistic adoration, no figures or colors shifting across the screen. We simply sit and look at a round piece of bread encircled by light. That bread is the Body of Christ, the consecrated Host, before which countless Catholics gaze in rapt adoration throughout the world. Why? There is no action here: here the action is being, the very being of God. Martha goes busilyAdoration 3 about, tending to all the needs of the world. Here, before Jesus in sacramental form, Mary finds her place, seated at the feet of the Beloved... [ read article >> ]

Abusing the Eucharist – Christine Niles, Church Militant – June 17, 2016

For centuries, only the ordained — whether bishop, priest or deacon — could handle the Sacred Host and Precious Blood. After they did, liturgical norms required that they keep the thumb and forefinger held together through the rest of the Mass until the ablutions, when they could cleanse the fingers that touched the Body of Our Lord. In the Traditional Latin Mass, the faithful see this practice continue, indicating the great care, love and reverence with which Our Lord's Body and Blood are to be handled... [ read article >> ]

Save the Liturgy, Save the World – Roman Catholic Man – June 13, 2016

The Eucharist, its celebration and itself as the extraordinary Sacrament, is the “source and summit of Christian life”. If we really believe that, then we must also hold that what we do in church, what we believe happens in a church, makes an enormous difference. Do we believe the consecration really does something? Or, do we believe what is said and how, what the gestures are and the attitude in which they made are entirely indifferent? For example, will a choice not to kneel before Christ the King and Judge truly present in each sacred Host, produce a wider effect? If you throw a stone, even a pebble, into a pool it produces ripples which expand to its edge. The way we celebrate Mass must create spiritual ripples in the Church and the world... [ read article >> ]

One Priest’s Concern about Recent Remarks by the Pope – National Catholic Register – June 24, 2016

I would like to make, as a parish priest in trenches, a few remarks concerning the Pope’s recent statements in Rome at a gathering of priests and seminarians. Others have admirably remarked on his troubling remarks on marriage and cohabitation. I will not add to those. But I would like to focus on two other reported remarks the Pope made about priests to the effect that some of us are cruel, are putting our noses into people’s moral life and possibly that he even called some of us animals... [ read article >> ]

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Predicted the Future of the Church – Aleteia – June 13, 2016

“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible measuring rods; nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, declaring false and obsolete, tyrannous and legalistic, all that makes demands upon men, that hurts them and compels them to sacrifice themselves... [ read article >> ]

Why You Don’t Genuflect After Receiving Communion – Taylor Marshall – June, 2016

When you enter or leave your pew, you genuflect (bend the right knee all the way to touching the ground) to show your adoration for the Son of God who is present in the tabernacle. Even if the tabernacle is in another place or room, I genuflect toward the crucifix at or on the altar since the Second Council of Nicea II of AD 787 (7th Ecumenical Council) teaches that the devotion we show to sacred images passes beyond the images to their prototypes (in this case from the crucifix to Christ Himself). It is perfectly orthodox to genuflect before a cross, crucifix, or image of Christ... [ read article >> ]

Receiving Communion with the Proper Disposition – St. Joseph’s College Theology Blog – Sept 20, 2015

Father Michael Schmitz has one of the most effective campus ministries in the country at the University of Minnesota. He tells a story about back when he was in the seminary in the late 1970s. Though we wouldn’t do it today, back then his particular seminary used regular loaves of bread for Holy Communion. During the distribution of the Eucharist the priest would break off pieces and give them to the people when they came up to the altar. Though they tried their best, there were always crumbs that would fall to the floor. One of the seminarians would stay in the chapel after Mass every day and quietly and reverently kneel down and eat all the crumbs off of the floor. One day Schmitz asked him why he did that, and the answer was something that he would never forget... [ read article >> ]

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing – New Liturgical Movement – March 16, 2014

In my efforts to restore a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, I have often been accused of being “pre-Vatican II.” I usually correct them by saying I am exactly Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council called for few changes in the liturgy, understanding that there had been a great many changes to the Roman liturgy over the centuries, to be sure, but they had been gradual and organic, and typically imperceptible. However, in all of church history, there was never anything like what happened in the years following this Council, in respect to the liturgy... [ read article >> ]

The Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration: 8 Teachings from Cardinal Burke – St. Peter’s List – June 27, 2012

Listers, His Eminence Cardinal Burke is amongst the forefront of faithful Catholic leaders doing all they can to restore the Sacred Tradition of Holy Mother Church. In his new and first work – Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity – the good Cardinal displays his Eucharistic erudition in slowly and steadily moving the reader through a solid Eucharistic catechesis. The following quoted text is taken from Chapter Five: The Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration. SPL highly recommends Cardinal Burke’s book for all of those wishing to know the beauty and depth of the Sacred Tradition around the source and summit of our faith, the Eucharist... [ read article >> ]

Cardinal Sarahs Liturgical Earthquake – Liturgy Guy – June 1, 2016

As many readers of this blog are aware of by now, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments recently gave a groundbreaking interview on Catholic worship. Speaking to the French magazine Famille Chretienne, Robert Cardinal Sarah held nothing back about the need for the Church to return to offering the Holy Mass ad orientem. Rather than considering this simply to be a matter of preference, Cardinal Sarah sees it as nothing short of returning God to the center of the liturgy... [ read article >> ]

The New Arianism – The Vortex – May 31, 2016

Back during the days of persecution by the caesars, a heresy wound and coiled its way through the Church that would explode onto the scene right after the empire stopped killing us. It was called Arianism and derives its name from a priest — go figure. For the record and something to keep in mind, no heresy has ever gained any traction unless it first came from a member of the ordained class. Father Martin Luther, for example, comes to mind... [ read article >> ]

Let’s Start Being Catholic Again – Liturgy Guy – May 27, 2016

It’s not rocket science. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We don’t have to hold dozens of conferences and spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to develop a twenty-first century strategy. All the Catholic Church needs to evangelize a highly secular and increasingly hostile world can be found right there in our very tradition. We already possess what we need; the only thing lacking is faith... [ read article >> ]

Let’s Start Being Catholic Again – Liturgy Guy – May 27, 2016

It’s not rocket science. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We don’t have to hold dozens of conferences and spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to develop a twenty-first century strategy. All the Catholic Church needs to evangelize a highly secular and increasingly hostile world can be found right there in our very tradition. We already possess what we need; the only thing lacking is faith... [ read article >> ]

When Will We Stop Profaning the Mass – Liturgy Guy – May 24, 2016

In my most recent blog post I discussed the ongoing irreverence shown by some priests who treat the Mass as entertainment, and the sanctuary as their stage. From ukulele playing bishops to hoverboard riding priests, we continue to see irreverent behavior exhibited by those who offer the Holy Sacrifice in persona Christi... [ read article >> ]

The Mass Is Not Entertainment – Liturgy Guy – May 21, 2016

Earlier this week an American bishop made the news when he played his ukulele and sang “This Little Light of Mine” during his homily at a Confirmation Mass in the Archdiocese of Detroit. This past Christmas a priest in the Philippines made worldwide headlines when he rode a hoverboard up and down the aisles of his parish, serenading the faithful... [ read article >> ]

The Day the Holy Eucharist Became Suspended in the Air – Fr. Pierre Saadeh – May 17, 2016

The patriarch Jeremiah Al Amchiti was born in Amsheet, Lebanon, where he grew up and received education until God called him for his service in the religious life. In fact, he became a monk, and with the help of his brothers David and Joseph, he lived for a while as a hermit in Amsheet’s hermitages. Those hermitages included vast and high cellars and three churches: Our Lady of the Sea, Saint Zakhia, and Saint John. They are all known as Saint Zakhia’s churches, and are considered today among the most important ancient ruins in Amsheet... [ read article >> ]

Love, Mercy, Justice: Communion for the Divorced and Remarried – Fr. Noah Carter, OnePeterFive – May 16, 2016

In every age, the Church deals with issues and pastoral situations so murky that a solution to a member’s situation may seem impossible. In the modern age, very few Catholics understand the importance of the Church’s precepts. These precepts bind each member of the Church to certain obligations in order to direct the lives of the faithful to the Church’s good. Since these obligations are given to the faithful by the Church, the Church may dispense the faithful of these precepts for a legitimate reason. The Church cannot, however, dispense the faithful from God’s law... [ read article >> ]

What Does It Mean to Receive Communion Worthily? – Jenna M. Cooper – May 16, 2016

As the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium tells us, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11), in which Jesus Christ is made really and truly present to us. During the holy sacrifice of the Mass, Catholics believe that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ—not in a merely symbolic way, but truly and literally. This is why we have customs of special reverence for the Blessed Sacrament, such as genuflecting before a tabernacle, keeping a sanctuary lamp or candle burning, and maintaining a respectful silence in churches or chapels where the Sacrament is reserved... [ read article >> ]

The Gift of the Eucharist – Marie Murphy Duess – May 1, 2016

The heart of our Roman Catholic faith is the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. It is the most important of all seven sacraments because in receiving the Eucharist, we are embracing the very body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ and become one with Him. Through this act of love and unity, we receive innumerable graces, and for this reason, it is important that we understand the significance of what we are doing when we join the Communion line... [ read article >> ]

Bishops and Priests Stage Race Around “Communion for Everybody” – The Eponymous Flower – April 19, 2016

To emulate the Pope is in itself laudable, but not always appropriate. In some parts of the Catholic Church there is a race among priests and bishops which has begun as to who will be the first - to give Communion to divorced and remarried - on behalf of the Pope... [ read article >> ]

Altar Rail Installed – Cream City Catholic – April 10, 2016

This past week the new marble altar rail was installed at Saint Stanislaus Parish and Oratory. It was made in Italy, of white Carrara marble. The pillars are green onyx. A small gate will soon be added in the middle to complete the rail. This is a big deal for the church. Sadly, the original altar rail was removed in the ’60s, so it’s great to see another high-quality altar rail replace it... [ read article >> ]

Unfashionable sins: presumption – What’s up with Francis-Church – April 9, 2016

It’s easy to see why we might not have heard of this one. Like “human respect” the sin of presumption probably doesn’t get much play in the Church these days, and this is mostly because we now more or less consider it a virtue... [ read article >> ]

Wildly divergent reactions to Pope’s exhortation: a study on the results of ambiguity – LifeSite News – April 8, 2016

From the mainstream media to Catholic experts, from conservatives to liberals, and everything in between, have come opposing interpretations of what Pope Francis means in Amoris Laetitia, his post-Synodal apostolic exhortation released today. Particularly on the central question of admittance to Holy Communion of divorced and remarried Catholics, the document has left the question so open as to cause profound confusion... [ read article >> ]

Pope Francis opens door to Communion for ‘remarried’ Catholics in landmark exhortation – LifeSite News – April 8, 2016

The most controversial moment of Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation – Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) – might be confined to a humble footnote, but the implication is clear: the pope has opened the door to Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal that in some circumstances divorced and remarried Catholics could be readmitted to the sacraments, including the Eucharist... [ read article >> ]

Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation – 1Peter5 – April 8, 2016

Pope Francis has just published his long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia. In it, he repeats many of the problematic and controversial statements of the previous 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family. Among these, one finds the law of gradualism with regard to sinful relationships, the claim that there are “seeds” of goodness in such relationships that are objectively contrary to God’s laws, and a general tone of not speaking of sin at all with regard to those ways of living that put the soul of the persistent sinner gravely at risk of not attaining to eternal salvation... [ read article >> ]

Lame Excuses for Banning Communion on the Tongue – ChurchMilitant.com – March 13, 2016

A parish in Illinois recently requested that Mass attendees refrain from receiving Holy Communion on their tongues and receive instead on their hands. The reason? It's allegedly flu season, and the leadership of the parish is supposedly worried that Communion on the tongue could spread illness... [ read article >> ]

Ban on Calvinist Hand Communion, South America Diocese Publishes Decree – The Eponymous Flower – February 3, 2016

On August 16, 2015 Bishop Krzysztof (Cristobal) Bialasik SVD of Oruro in Bolivia, gave published the prohibition of hand communion in his diocese. Only communion on the tongue is permitted. Bishop Bialasik is responding to incidents where consecrated Hosts were received in hand Communion, and then taken away. It was "unbearable", said the Bishop, that one does not know what happened to the body of Christ... [ read article >> ]

Lutheran bishops reception of communion in the Vatican was a mistake, says Finnish Catholic spokesman – LifeSite News – January 26, 2016

A spokesman for the Catholic diocese of Helsinki says that the recent case of a Finnish Lutheran bishop receiving communion in the Vatican was a mistake, and that the rules regarding the reception of the Eucharist in Catholic churches remains the same... [ read article >> ]

The Synod and the Gates of Hell – Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute – November 26, 2015

Throughout the month of October, a flood of anxiety, anger, confusion, and even despair has washed over faithful Catholics. Reports from Rome regarding the Synod have been a virtual roller-coaster. First came reports that the Synod could vote to give Communion to divorced and re-married Catholics, but then rumors arose that the Kasper proposal was being abandoned. There has been a great deal of discussion on homosexuality at the Synod. Pope Francis announced a new dicastery for the family, and the pope also called for the decentralization of the Church... [ read article >> ]

Getting a Blessing Versus Receiving Holy Communion – Russell Gilbert – October 16, 2015

Q. 1. I noticed during the distribution of the Holy Eucharist that some people present themselves with one's hands being crossed, such leading to the priest or the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion giving them a blessing. What are the Church rules regarding getting a blessing from the priest or the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion during Communion?... [ read article >> ]

The Sacrifice of Praise – The Catholic Gentleman – November 25, 2015

Have you ever wondered what a human being is made for? What are people really supposed to do? Simply, were made to be eucharistic people. In Greek, the word eucharistia means “giving of thanks; gratitude; thanksgiving.” That is our purpose, to render thanks to God... [ read article >> ]

The Most Authentically Catholic Analysis of the Synod – 1P5, Steve Kojec – October 28, 2015

...While you’re busy tearing down others to make yourselves look good, this is what a Catholic bishop (and dare we hope a future pope?) should sound like: As for marriage, God provided for the increase of the human race by instituting marriage, which is the stable and perpetual union of a man and a woman. The marriage of baptized persons is a sacrament, since Christ elevated it to that dignity; marriage and the family are therefore institutions that are both divine and natural... [ read article >> ]

The Synod and the Gates of Hell – The Lepanto Institute, Michael Hichborn – October 26, 2015

Throughout the month of October, a flood of anxiety, anger, confusion, and even despair has washed over faithful Catholics. Reports from Rome regarding the Synod have been a virtual roller-coaster. First came reports that the Synod could vote to give Communion to divorced and re-married Catholics, but then rumors arose that the Kasper proposal was being abandoned. There has been a great deal of discussion on homosexuality at the Synod. Pope Francis announced a new dicastery for the family, and the pope also called for the decentralization of the Church... [ read article >> ]

Pope must address Synod-created crisis of trust within Church – Life Site News – October 24, 2015

“There’s a crisis of trust regarding the family between faithful lay Catholics and those in authority at the highest levels of the Church – and only the Pope can restore that trust” according to Voice of the Family, a coalition of 26 major pro-life and pro-family organisations from five continents formed just before an Extraordinary Synod on the Family which took place in Rome last year... [ read article >> ]

Drafting Committee Cardinals: Synod’s Final Report Will Be Ambiguous – ChurchMilitantTV – October 23, 2015

The final report of the Synod on the Family won't lay down clear solutions to the various controversial issues discussed over the past few weeks. At least, that's what Cdl. Oswald Gracias of India, one of the ten Synod Fathers drafting the final document, told reporters at yesterday's press briefing. According to Cdl. Gracias, "The questions will be clear. The answers will not be so clear." While the document, which will be addressed to Pope Francis and not to the Church or world in general, "will not have all the answers," the left-leaning Cdl. Gracias nevertheless insisted "it will have a direction..." [ read article >> ]

Pope’s encouragement of airing heresy is severing the Church – Life Site News – October 23, 2015

The stakes are incredibly high; they literally portend a major schism in the Catholic Church. The reality is, despite the presentation of non-negativity and fraternity inside the Synod hall, or aula as it is called, those upholding orthodoxy have been fighting a pitched battle with powerful foes openly proposing heresy with not a word of correction from Pope Francis... [ read article >> ]

Bp. Schneider: Family Synod Seem to Push ‘Anti-Family Agenda” – ChurchMilitantTV – October 22, 2015

The 2015 Synod on the Family seems to be promoting an anti-family agenda. So says Bp. Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, in an interview conducted last week, published yesterday by LifeSiteNews. As Bp. Schneider points out, he's not a Synod participant; his commentary is based on his actively following the proceedings. But from his perspective, the Synod is not just failing to tackle the looming worldly challenges facing the family; it is, on the contrary, working positively against the family's interests... [ read article >> ]

Did Thomas More and John Fisher die for nothing? – Denver Catholic, Archbishop Aquila – October 19, 2015

The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin with the letter signed by Cardinal Kasper and other members of the German episcopate in 1993. Another country’s episcopate – England’s – pioneered this experiment in Christian doctrine nearly 500 years ago. At stake then was not just whether any Catholic could remarry, but whether the king could, since his wife had not borne him a son... [ read article >> ]

Getting a Blessing Versus Receiving Holy Communion – Russell Gilbert – October 16, 2015

The blessing that is given to non-communicants (those not receiving Holy Communion) during Holy Mass does not have its origin in the approved Liturgy of the Catholic Church. The practice of giving blessings in lieu of Communion was popularized by the priest who started Life Teen. This practice was then exported all over the U.S. and overseas and has infected many Catholic Churches... [ read article >> ]

Precious Particles, not Palms, are now strewn upon the ground – William Blessing – October 10, 2015

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The miraculous miracle of Father Lange’s house – AnitaCrane.com – May 5, 2015

Americans have the option of receiving the Holy Eucharist on the tongue or in the hand. The Vatican granted us the option of receiving on the hand in 1977. This was accomplished by an indult, a lifting of the law, so we may receive either way, on the tongue or in the hand. The indult was granted because the American bishops told the Vatican that their parishioners were clamoring for it. “We can feed ourselves” was one of the specious arguments put forward... [ read article >> ]

True Presence – Catholic365.com, Lori Conklin – April 28, 2015

I am often surprised when many of my Catholic friends question the validity of the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I mean after all we attend the same church, hear the same readings, gospels and homilies. So why then do some of us believe and some of us don’t? My personal take on it, is many of us don’t remember what we learned in our religion classes and have taken a sabbatical of sorts. Some have stopped coming to church and some come solely out of obligation, therefore I think, they have a sort of amnesia about what the Church teaches... [ read article >> ]

On the worthy reception of Holy Communion, Part One – Msgr. Charles Pope – June 7, 2015

I indicated yesterday an intention to expand on the need for the reverent and worthy reception of Holy Communion, to develop an apologetic for the Church’s practice of what some call “closed communion.” Not everyone who uses this terminology means it pejoratively, though some do. But to some extent it is fair to say that we do have “closed communion...” [ read article >> ]

Truth about Communion in the hand while standing – Roman Catholic Man, Fr. Richard Heilman – April 20, 2015

In my efforts to restore a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, I have often been accused of being “pre-Vatican II.” I usually correct them by saying I am precisely Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council called for few changes in the liturgy, understanding that there had been a great many changes to the Roman liturgy over the centuries, to be sure, but they had been gradual and organic, and typically imperceptible. However, in all of church history, there was never anything like what happened in the years following this Council, in respect to the liturgy...[ read article >> ]

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – EWTN – Peter Kwasniewski

Perhaps it is a truism to say that in an age of widespread misinformation the hardest thing is just to get oneself rightly informed, this being more than half the battle. There are many who speak as though having authority, but all too often when you look closer, you see the blind leading the blind... [ read article >> ]

Synod preparatory document ‘poses a very real danger to the family,’ says Voice of the Family – Lifesite News – August 8, 2015

Voice of the Family, an international lay coalition of major pro-life and pro-family organizations, has warned that the Vatican’s preparatory document for the October Synod on the Family “threatens the entire structure of Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and human sexuality..." [ read article >> ]

Why We in FNE Choose to Receive Communion on the Tongue

FNE is proudly and uniquely a Catholic faith-based Christ-centred youth movement. Together we diligently work together to help our youth grow in their faith, to be more willing to love and serve the Lord all within the teachings of our faith... [ read article >> ]

Communion with God Requires Obedience to His Ways – Courage Priest: Rev. Stephen V. Hamilton – June 10, 2015

Let us never take for granted that the Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Jesus Christ. We should never take this for granted because the Holy Eucharist is the greatest treasure Christ left to his Church, for it is his resurrected living flesh, his Real Presence by which, when we consume it worthily, we participate in his gift of salvation leading to eternal life... [ read article >> ]

On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One – Community In Mission: Monsignor Charles Pope – June 7, 2015

I indicated yesterday an intention to expand on the need for the reverent and worthy reception of Holy Communion, to develop an apologetic for the Church’s practice of what some call “closed communion.” Not everyone who uses this terminology means it pejoratively, though some do... [ read article >> ]

Holy Communion in the Hand? – Catholic Culture: Paul Kokoski – Originally published 2008

Father Regis Scanlon, who is spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, has said that "the doctrine of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is one of those wonderful truths by which Christianity shines forth as a religion of mysteries far exceeding the capacity of the human mind... [ read article >> ]

10 Commandments for Lovers of the Most Blessed Sacrament – Courage Priest: Monsignor Charles M. Mangan – May 28, 2015

1. Attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, even daily if possible.

2. Prepare well for every Mass by: abstaining from food and drink (medicine and water may be taken) for at least one hour before receiving Holy Communion; going to Confession to a priest and stating any and all mortal sins that you have not confessed before (a mortal sin is a thought, word, desire or action that concerns grave matter carried out with sufficient reflection and full consent of the will)... [ read article >> ]

The Smoke of Satan – Patheos.com: Fr. Dwight E Longenecker – May 19, 2015

There are many problems in the Catholic Church that might be thought to be the ‘smoke of Satan’ entering the church, but for my money one thing, above all others, has been the successful work of Satan, which has undermined the church, emasculated her ministry, sabotaged the aims of the Holy Spirit and captured a multitude of souls... [ read article >> ]

The Crack-Up Accelerates – The Catholic Thing: David Warren – May 15, 2015

There was a sidesman in my old Anglican parish, years ago. He had been there forever, and he was always there: Sundays and weekdays, morning and evening prayer. Someone once called him “part of the furniture.” He looked pleased with the description... [ read article >> ]

The Propriety of Eucharistic Devotions – Unam Sanctam Catholicam – June, 2015

In the history of sacramental theology, those who dissent against the Catholic Church's teaching on the question of transubstantiation but do not want to give up the idea of a Real Presence entirely have sometimes defaulted to a middle position that acknowledges a Real Presence but denies the logical consequences of affirming that Presence... [ read article >> ]

The Affirmative Argument for Receiving Communion on the Tongue – Liturgy Guy – April 11, 2015

A recent post at the site Roman Catholic Man has focused a great deal of attention on the manner in which the faithful receive Communion. As any discussion regarding the Eucharist is a discussion about Our Lord Himself, the importance of this topic cannot be overstated... [ read article >> ]

Bishop Schneider: Ten Elements of Renewal in the Liturgy – OnePeterFive, Steve Skojec – March 16, 2015

On February 14, 2015, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, was sponsored by the Paulus Institute to give a talk in Washington, DC. During the talk, he proposed concrete actions — ten essential elements — which should be implemented to accomplish liturgical renewal... [ read article >> ]

Eucharistic Miracles: Evidence of the Real Presence – Catholic Say – February 20, 2015

At every Catholic Mass, following the command of Jesus himself, the celebrant raises the host and says, “Take this, all of you, and eat it: This is my body, which will be given up for you.” Then he lifts the cup and says, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: This is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me..." [ read article >> ]

Blessed Sacrament Profaned in Manila – Steve Skojec, 1Peter5 – January 21, 2015

Last Sunday, there was a Mass in Luneta, the large urban park in Manila where a reported 6 million Catholics gathered to see Pope Francis – despite a typhoon. In the wind and the rain, the enormous crowd waited, many, probably most, spending the night outdoors for a chance to attend Mass with the Vicar of Christ... [ read article >> ]

Communion received on the tongue while kneeling – Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff

The most ancient practice of distributing Holy Communion was, with all probability, to give Communion to the faithful in the palm of the hand. The history of the liturgy, however, makes clear that rather early on a process took place to change this practice... [ read article >> ]

No More Outdoor Mega-Masses – Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II – January 19, 2015

There has been a great deal of outrage expressed, and rightly so, over the manner in which the Blessed Sacrament was distributed at the Papal Mass in Manila yesterday. As shown in the video below, the sacred Host, after initially being placed in the hands of people on the outside edge of the densely packed crowd by a priest, was then passed along from person to person... [ read article >> ]

The Vast Majority of Catholics Don’t Know – Steve Skojec, 1Peter5 – January 13, 2015

This is all about smoke and mirrors, spreading confusion, and advancing the ball a few yards further in the progressive-modernist cause. While you and I and the relative handful of other well-formed Catholics know that Lynch’s claims, and the incredibly foul statements from the Relatio – are nonsense, contrary to Doctrine, and so bereft of authority they can be completely ignored, the vast majority of Catholics don’t know that... [ read article >> ]

Ask Father: Priest invites people to stand around the altar during consecration – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – January 7, 2015

From a reader: Today [actually a while back at the time of this posting] the associate pastor, a newly ordained priest, asked us, since there were fewer people than usual present at Mass, to come up after the homily around the altar and “all celebrate Mass together”... [ read article >> ]

What Men Can Learn from the Eucharist – Sam Guzman – January, 2015

If the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus himself, and holiness is found in imitating Christ, then the Blessed Sacrament is a school of holiness. Today, I want to spend a few moments reflecting on the characteristics of Jesus in the Eucharist and what his presence can teach us about both holiness and masculinity... [ read article >> ]

Do any other faiths believe in transubstantiation? – Catholic Say – November 19, 2014

Do any other faiths believe in transubstantiation– Episcopalians, for example? [ read article >> ]

CCC’s Open Letter to Archbishop Listecki – Cream City Catholic – March 19, 2014

For many years now, we have noticed an unchecked proliferation of liturgical abuses at Milwaukee parishes. The abuses in liturgy, far from operating in a vacuum, have had a ripple effect, touching all aspects of a Catholic’s life in Milwaukee... [ read article >> ]

Five Myths About Worship in the Early Church – Michael P. Foley, Crisis Magazine – June 13, 2011

As the forthcoming new translation of the Roman Missal debunks the myth that liturgical language must be so banal that even the muppets on Sesame Street can understand it, it’s a good time to examine five other untruths that have been wreaking havoc on the Church’s worship in recent decades... [ read article >> ]

What Do We Mean By the Real Presence? - Patheos

“But I believe in the Real Presence!” said Doug, my Bible Christian friend, “Why do you Catholics refuse to admit me to communion?” “Whoa!” I said, “I’m delighted to hear that you believe in the Real Presence, but what do you actually mean by the term?”... [ read article >> ]

Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion – Catholic Exchange – October 9, 2014

God desired to nourish our spirit, so He gave it His Bread, the Eucharist, announced by Holy Scripture: “He will feed them with the Bread of life and understanding.”Now, there are no greater joys on earth than the joys of the spirit... [ read article >> ]

What Demons Know About the Eucharist that Many Catholics Don’t - Steve Skoject, One Peter Five - September 2, 2014

Did you know that only 63% of American Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and a full 17% of those have no idea that this is what the Church actually teaches?Roughly half of Catholics surveyed don’t know — with anything approaching doctrinal certitude — this essential truth of our Faith... [ read article >> ]

Better Prepare Yourself for Communion – Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, Catholic Exchange – July 15, 2014

Sacramental Theology teaches a key principal that all Catholics should know so as to derive the most abundant graces that flow from the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Sacraments. This key principal is called Dispositive Grace... [ read article >> ]

Reconsidering Communion in the hand – Arturo Ortiz, Walking In the Desert – July 6, 2014

Throughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition. This has been true for various centuries dating as far back as the Early Church... [ read article >> ]

Eucharist – 46 Basic Questions on the Source and Summit of the Catholic Life – St. Peter’s List – December 10, 2012

The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and simplifies even the most complex theological questions... [ read article >> ]

On Receiving Holy Communion – Liturgy Guy – March 6, 2014

Pictured above are two United States Marines receiving Holy Communion from a military chaplain on Iwo Jima in 1945. Despite the chaos of the battlefield, what we see is a beautiful moment of sublimity and transcendence... [ read article >> ]

False Expectations and the Coming Synod – TruthandCharityForum.org – Fr. Basil Cole – September 10, 2014

On September 1 of this year, the bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, Most Reverend Johan Bonny, produced a twenty-one page series of “wishes” concerning the upcoming Synod with the title, Synod on the Family Expectation of A Diocesan Bishop... [ read article >> ]

What I Want is Mercy, Not Sacrileges: The Dangers of “Routine Communions” – www.faith.org.uk – Fr. Timothy Finigan – July 1, 2014

For someone who believes in the grace of the sacrament, it is a great trial to be unable to receive Holy Communion. Unfortunately, receiving Holy Communion now seems to have become a prize to be fought over... [ read article >> ]

Demons Believe and Tremble: A Reflection on the Theft of the Eucharist by Satanists – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of of Washington – August 24, 2014

A couple of years ago I wrote of an unusual experience I had at Mass wherein a person who was troubled by a demon had those demons manifest themselves at the consecration... [ read article >> ]

Reconsidering Communion in the Hand – Walking in the Desert – July 6, 2014

Throughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition.... [ read article >> ]

“Kneeling and Communion on the Hand” will bring back True Devotion – Catholicism Pure and Simple – February 12, 2014

It is interesting to see how an old post on the topic of receiving Holy Communion devoutly, “Cardinal Ranjith to his clergy – communion on the tongue only and while kneeling is mandatory”, has suddenly had another surge of visitors... [ read article >> ]

Father Mark Kirby: Abuse Of The Holy Eucharist Is A Cancer At The Heart Of The Church! – Courageous Priest – June 27, 2012

How and why does this sort of thing happen? It causes me a piercing sorrow because it is emblematic of the widespread loss of faith in the adorable mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist that is a cancer at the heart of the Church... [ read article >> ]

Kneeling and Communion on the Tongue will bring back True Devotion – Catholicism Pure and Simple – February 12, 2014

It is interesting to see how an old post on the topic of receiving Holy Communion devoutly, “Cardinal Ranjith to his clergy – communion on the tongue only and while kneeling is mandatory”, has suddenly had another surge of visitors and some lively new comments... [ read article >> ]

The Day the Host Dropped – John Vennari

It is a bedrock Catholic truth, taught by the Church since the time of the Apostles, that Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist: Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity... [ read article >> ]

Nine Ways the Eucharist is Hidden in the Old Testament – Catholic Exchange – October 29, 2013

John Henry Newman once compared Scripture to an inexhaustibly rich wilderness—never failing to reward the faithful explorer with thrilling new discoveries yet always beyond his ability to master it completely... [ read article >> ]

Better Prepare Yourself for Communion – Fr. Ed. Broom, OMV – Catholic Exchange, July 15, 2014

Sacramental Theology teaches a key principal that all Catholics should know so as to derive the most abundant graces that flow from the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Sacraments... [ read article >> ]

Ten Ways to Fall in Love with the Eucharist – Fr. Ed Broom, OMV – Catholic Exchange, June 24, 2014

The saints are the mad-lovers of Jesus; they were on earth and now are in heaven loving God for all eternity. In this article, we will give a list of what some saints have said in an excess of love for the most Holy Eucharist... [ read article >> ]

Altar Rails and Reverence

Altar rails are making a comeback and with their return so is reverence. It is becoming more common these days to see the installation of rails as an integral component of liturgical reform and church architecture... [ read article >> ]

A Modern Athanasius – The Liturgy Guy – June 15, 2014

Saint Athanasius is remembered and venerated today for his unswerving defense of orthodoxy against the Arian heresy of the fourth century... [ read article >> ]

Does Your Belief On Communion Line Up With The Early Church’s Belief?– DavidLGray.info – April 25, 2013

“Christ “established here on earth” only one Church and instituted it as a “visible and spiritual community”, that from its beginning and throughout the centuries has always existed and will always exist... [ read article >> ]

Can a priest order us to stand when receiving Communion? – Catholic Answers

Our priest does not want to give us Communion on the tongue while we are kneeling. He argues it is too hard for the priest to lean down like that... [ read article >> ]

Why you should receive Communion kneeling and on the tongue – Kevin M. Tierney, Catholic Lane – November 15, 2013

In the 13 years I have been a practicing Catholic, I have been a traditionalist all but two of them. As a result, I have received communion on the tongue and kneeling for eleven years... [ read article >> ]

The reform that no one wanted: Communion in the hand – Catholic Review, Dr. H. P. Bianchi – April 10, 2014

Within Catholic circles, the Second Vatican Council is a flashpoint for debate, but there is one point that all Catholics – traditionalists, progressives, liberals, conservatives – agree on... [ read article >> ]

Apostolic Tradition - Communion on the Tongue

The Doctrine of the Church Tells Us Communion on the Tongue is an Apostolic Tradition- Statements from Popes, Saints and Church Councils... [ read article >> ]

The manner of receiving Holy Communion – Catholic News Agency

How we handle objects says a lot about how we regard them. When looking at fine jewelry, for example, we are mindful to handle the gems carefully... [ read article >> ]

Receiving the Eucharist: I Have Decided to Kneel for Jesus – Catholic On Line, Tara E. Brelinsky – May 23, 2013

Hard to really capture in words, the act of kneeling and receiving the Eucharist on the tongue has deepened my affection for Jesus... [ read article >> ]

Did Jesus feed the Apostles on the tongue at the Last Supper? - Fr. Z’s blog - September 11, 2012

From a reader: Father, do you think Jesus fed His apostles on the tongue when he instituted the Eucharist? - I think it is very likely... [ read article >> ]

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue? – Catholic Answers

Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue, I was denied Communion... [ read article >> ]

Defending the Eucharist – Liturgy Guy - April, 2014

I have found myself on several occasions of late having to defend the Eucharist. I don’t mean an actual, physical, defense but rather a historical defense of the Real Presence to non-believers... [ read article >> ]

Should Catholics really kneel to receive Holy Communion at Easter – GloriaTV - April 12, 2014

A MEDITATION BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION, TO STIR UP IN THE SOUL THE FEAR AND LOVE OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT.... [ read article >> ]

Early Church Fathers on the Eucharist – Eclectic Orthodoxy - August 9, 2012

Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Smyrnaeans, 7 (AD 107)- “They [the heterodox] abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer... [ read article >> ]

ASK FATHER: Sister goes shopping while carrying the Eucharist to the sick. Wherein Fr. Z rants - Fr. Hohn Zuhlsdorf - April 5, 2014

From a reader - I work at a religious supply store and yesterday a local religious sister came in and asked to be shown our selection of pyxes.... [ read article >> ]

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing – Ben Yanke - New Liturgical Movement - March 16, 2014

A close friend of mine and my Pastor, Fr. Richard Heilman, brings us our guest post for today on the questionable origins of communion in the hand... [ read article >> ]

Abuse. Blasphemy. Communion in the Hand – Catholic Insight - April 6, 2014

“I’m heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers,” the pastor of a small yet devout Californian parish says... [ read article >> ]

Dramatic Times for Catholic Dogma on Marriage – Rorate Caeli - March, 2014

We live in dramatic times for the integrity of Catholic dogma — the most dramatic since the Pontifical Commission for Studies on Birth Control of 1963-1966 leaked its favorable report... [ read article >> ]

Views from the Choir Loft – Corpus Christi Watershed - Jeff Ostrowski – August 11, 2013

Have you ever heard somebody rail against receiving Communion in the hand in a very disagreeable way?... [ read article >> ]

Is the Eucharist Really Christ’s Body and Blood? - Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan - CatholicCulture.org

Recently, a Gallup poll was taken on Catholic attitudes toward Holy Communion. The poll showed serious confusion among Catholics... [ read article >> ]

“In every dictatorship, the past is censured…” – The Eponymous Flower – December 24, 2013

"In Every Dictatorship The Past is Censured" -- From the Life of a Diocesan Priest Who Discovered the Immemorial Mass of All Ages... [ read article >> ]

Blasphemy. Abuse. Communion in the Hand? – Catholic Insight – November 23, 2013

“I’m heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers,” the pastor of a small yet devout Californian parish says. He pauses for a moment before he goes on,... [ read article >> ]

“Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J. – ChurchMilitantblog – November 11, 2013

Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix III... [ read article >> ]

How to get a people to return to communion on the tongue – Father Z’s blog – Sept 15, 2013

During my retreat the subject of Communion in the hand while standing came up. We were told that we need to instill reverence. Our Lord is so mistreated today... [ read article >> ]

“In every dictatorship, the past is censured…” – The Eponymous Flower – December 24, 2013

As the three priests announced their decision according to Summorum Pontificum, there was massive resistance in the diocesan leadership and the rest of the clergy of the diocese who immediately stirred up sedition of the parishioners against their pastor... [ read article >> ]

Blasphemy. Abuse. Communion in the Hand? – Catholic Insight – November 23, 2013

“I’m heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers,” the pastor of a small yet devout Californian parish says. He pauses for a moment before he goes on, his voice choked by just indignation and sadness: “This is God, people. God.” [ read article >> ]

How to get a people to return to communion on the tongue – Father Z’s blog – Sept 15, 2013

During my retreat the subject of Communion in the hand while standing came up. We were told that we need to instill reverence. Our Lord is so mistreated today... [ read article >> ]

Traditional Media and EWTN – Traditional Catholic Priest – September 13, 2013

For all of you who are reading this, your personal experiences in the Church are not to be discounted. They are real. We all can go on telling multiple night mares about what we have personally experienced at our parishes, Catholic schools, and dioceses... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand – Grave Error – Churchmilitantblog – August 24, 2013

I knew it!!! I have been concerned about this practice for years now and I don’t know why this is still allowed. I’ve seen two communicants (in separate Masses) not eating the Host after receiving it by the hand, and bringing it somewhere else... [ read article >> ]

Another Manifesto on Communion in the Hand – Sancto Pater – December 29, 2012

Boy, the claws really come out when a Catholic tries to spread a deeper respect for the Eucharist...[ read article >> ]

Can a bishop prohibit receiving communion on the tongue? – Catholic Answers

Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue, I was denied Communion. Not wanting to make a scene, but fairly confident of my rights, I whispered that I can receive this way. The minister apologized but said that the bishop does not permit...[ read article >> ]

How to receive Holy Communion on the tongue – The Integrated Catholic Life

I have noticed, over the past few years, an increase in the number of people who are electing to receive the Sacred Host on the tongue directly from a priest, deacon or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at Holy Mass instead of in the hand...[ read article >> ]

Abuse. Blasphemy. Communion in the hand? Catholic Insight, June 10, 2013

“I’m heartbroken to announce that last week, we discovered a crushed consecrated Host beneath one of the kneelers,” the pastor of a small yet devout Californian...[ read article >> ]

First Communion, Roman Style – Regina Magazine, April 22, 2013

In 155 AD – roughly 125 years after Christ’s death – St. Justin Martyr wrote to Emperor Antoninus to explain what Christians actually did during their rituals. Christians were persecuted for their ‘atrocities’ and the Saint was appealing to reason, pleading for the Emperor’s clemency...[ read article >> ]

Communion received on the tongue and while kneeling – Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff

Saint Thomas Aquinas also refers to the practice of receiving Holy Communion only on the tongue. He affirms that touching the Body of the Lord is proper only to the ordained priest...[ read article >> ]

Communion – the Sacrament of Unity – A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics – May 1, 2013

God’s union with us crowns the divine work of rehabilitation accomplished by Communion. Communion! The very name is significant!...[ read article >> ]

What is transubstantiation” – GotQuestions.org

Transubstantiation is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines this doctrine in section 1376:... [ read article >> ]

Father John A. Hardon, Archives – Eucharist

On the hopeful side of the Constitution on the Liturgy, Pope Paul emphasized one of the main pastoral desires of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council. They wanted “the faithful to participate actively with sound faith and utmost devotion in the celebration of this most holy mystery... [ read article >> ]

Mysterium Fidei – Some Thoughts – Father Z’s Blog – November 10, 2010

History shrouds exactly how the non-Scriptural mysterium fidei was inserted into the consecration formula. In 1202, Bishop John of Lyon wrote to Pope Innocent III (+1216) asking about the consecration... [ read article >> ]

Another Manifesto on Communion in the Hand – Sancte Pater – December 29, 2012

Boy, the claws really come out when a Catholic tries to spread a deeper respect for the Eucharist. The discussion always takes on a preternatural quality... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand? A Heart for God – December 31, 2012

I have always received communion on the tongue; Mom taught me catechism and told me that it was a sacrilege to receive communion on the hand and thus I never received Our Lord that way... [ read article >> ]

Holy Communion in the Hand? Knights of Divine Mercy, Fr. Rick Heilman – November 15,2012

Father Regis Scanlon, who is spiritual director for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, has said that “the doctrine of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is one of those wonderful truths by which Christianity shines forth as a religion of mysteries far exceeding the capacity of the human mind... [ read article >> ]

Cranmer's Godly Order by Michael Davies

In their vindication of the Bull Apostolicae Curae, the English Catholic bishops urged a comparison of the Missal with Cranmer's 1549 Prayer Book which would reveal a series of omissions "of which the evident purpose was to eliminate the idea of ... [ read article >> ]

Real Roman Catholic – Only One Way To Receive Holy Communion, Part One – January 8,2011

I have always received the Eucharist on the tongue…This is not something I usually get all political or righteous about. I understand that many devout people hold different opinions on this topic and that “good” Catholics are free to receive on the hand or on the tongue. For me, though, receiving on the tongue has always felt like the most appropriate way to recognize and respect Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist... [ read article >> ]

Catholic Quotations – December 23, 2007

"I am convinced that the crisis in the Church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration of the liturgy.” - Pope Benedict XVI, "Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977" (SF, CA: Ignatius), p. 149... [ read article >> ]

Bring Back the Communion Rails, Amen! Les Femmes – The Truth – January 21, 2013

A deacon calls for a return to reverent reception of the Eucharist. I couldn't agree more. But don't wait. If you are receiving in the hand consider a return to Communion on the tongue... [ read article >> ]

My Experience of the Altar Rail – iPadre Catholic Podcasting – January 5, 2013

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about returning altar rails in the last few years. One of the latest blog post was by Deacon Greg Kandra over at the Deacon’s Bench. After the Second Vatican Council... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand: How it came to the U.S. – California Catholic Daily – August 9, 2012

When considering the possibility of Communion received in the hand rather than on the tongue, the Holy See pointed out “certain dangers” of such a change. These included: “the danger of a loss of reverence for the august sacrament... [ read article >> ]

Catholic and Loving It! – Blogged by James Preece – June 25, 2012

Did you know that everybody who received communion from Pope Benedict during the Papal visit was told that receiving on the tongue was a requirement... [ read article >> ]

Five Myths About Worship in the Early Church – Crisis Magazine, Michael P. Foley – June 13, 2011

After studying free-standing altars in early churches, liturgists in the 1930s concluded that priests once celebrated Mass “facing the people,” and that it was only under the influence of decadent medieval clericalism that they “turned their backs” to them... [ read article >> ]

Communion Rails: Restoring a Sense of the Sacred - Deacon Ken Kandra – January 14, 2013

I've watched a mother receive communion, her toddler in tow, then take it back to the pew and share it with him like a cookie. At least four or five times a year, I have to stop someone who just takes the host and wanders away with it and ask them to consume it on the spot... [ read article >> ]

The Day the Host Dropped – Catholic Family News, John Vennari – January 10, 2013

This means that Our Lord is present even in the smallest particle of the Host, and in the smallest particle that may fall to the ground. Thus the reverence that we owe to the Blessed Sacrament demands that we take every precaution that no particle of the Host — not even the smallest — is left open for desecration in any way... [ read article >> ]

Some Queries Regarding Communion on the Tongue – Mark Lambert, September 11, 2012

With regard to choice: my study of the subject leads me to understand that the Church is clearly not happy with CITH, which has been introduced by the back-door, as it were, and yet, by means of indult, has regularised it to avoid mass scandal... [ read article >> ]

QUAERITUR: Did Jesus feed the Apostles on the tongue at the Last Supper? Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, September 11, 2012

Father, do you think Jesus fed His apostles on the tongue when he instituted the Eucharist? I think it is very likely. You may try to respond that He didn’t. Gratis asseritur... [ read article >> ]

Hand Sanitizer at Communion Time – ZENIT – December 18, 2012

If the use of a hand sanitizer is deemed necessary, then it would be better for the extraordinary ministers to use it in the sacristy before beginning their services... [ read article >> ]

Broken Altar Rails – The Remnant Newspaper – December 12, 2012

A few years ago Pope Benedict XVI decreed that all his communicants should kneel and receive Holy Communion on their tongues. This practice was the universal norm before Vatican II but was widely rejected by most bishops after the Council... [ read article >> ]

Altar Rails: Hopefully Coming Soon to a Church Near You! – My Broken Fiat: A Catholic Mom’s Journey – July 7, 2011

Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES!!! Not only are altar rails making a comeback, but courtesy of our wonderful Holy Father, Pope Benedict, accepting the Eucharist while kneeling may finally be making a comeback as well!... [ read article >> ]

Altar Rails and the Holy Mass – California Catholic Daily – June 25, 2012

…Firstly, we call it an altar rail; the name has reference to the altar. This rail can be seen as an extension of the altar. Christ becomes present on the altar and invites us to be fed at His altar via the rail... [ read article >> ]

Altar Rail Returning to the U.S. – National Catholic Register – July 2, 2011

In Tiverton, R.I., when some parishioners suggested returning altar rails to the sanctuary of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Father Jay Finelli gladly accepted, little knowing shortly thereafter the Pope’s 2007 motu proprio letter Summorum Pontificum... [ read article >> ]

Altar Rail Question – Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Forum – May 15, 2007

Where I attend the Traditional mass there is a white cloth draped across the altar rail, when the communicates kneels down to receive communion they place their hands underneath the cloth... [ read article >> ]

Will There Be Take-Out Communion Next? – The Thinking Housewife, November, 2012

THE indignities to which the Holy Eucharist has been subjected since Vatican II are enough to make one physically sick. They make me nauseous and slightly dizzy, as I would feel if I saw, say, a small child slapped across the face... [ read article >> ]

Why I Receive Communion on the Tongue – Patheos, September 17,2012

If a visitor entered a home and some stood to welcome him, others knelt when he crossed the doorframe, and still others approached him and firmly shook his hand, one thing would be certain: They all have different relationships to the visitor... [ read article >> ]

Benedict XVI and Communion in the Hand: Put Aside Your Illusions - Doctrina Liturgica, November 22, 2010

EVER SINCE the post-Vatican II revolution began, the liturgical change that faithful Catholics regarded as most horrifying was communion in the hand. It overthrew everything — everything — we had been taught to believe about the ineffable holiness of the Real Presence and the sacred character of the priesthood... [ read article >> ]

A Patron Saint for children and First Communion - St Gemma Galgani website

At the time when Gemma was a child in the late 1880's, children normally did not receieve Jesus for the first time in Holy Commuinion until around the age 12. It was Pope Pius X who some thirty years later lowered the age from age 12 years to 7 years... [ read article >> ]

First Communion Saints – CatholicCity.org, Fr. Roger Landry, May 7, 2010

The first time a believer receives the flesh and blood of the eternal Son of God in holy Communion ought to be one of the greatest occasions in that person's life... [ read article >> ]

The great Catholic horror story: the pseudo-historical deception of Communion in the hand – Rorate Caeli, October, 2011

If you do not believe in the Real Presence, how hyperbolic it must sound... For those who know that He is there, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, "horror" does not begin to describe the problems surrounding the handling of the Most Holy Sacrament in post-Conciliar settings, based on pseudo-historical "sources" and outright deception... [ read article >> ]

How to Receive Holy Communion on the Tongue – The Integrated Catholic Life – October 21, 2011

I have noticed, over the past few years, an increase in the number of people who are electing to receive the Sacred Host on the tongue directly from a priest, deacon or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at Holy Mass instead of in the hand... [ read article >> ]

Receiving Communion on the Tongue - A Catholic Thinker – 2009-2012

" "Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the bishops and priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church. One will see cardinals opposing other cardinals... and bishops confronting other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and condemned by their confreres." [ read article >> ]

QUAERITUR: Did Jesus feed the Apostles on the tongue at the Last Supper? – Sept. 11, 2012

Father, do you think Jesus fed His apostles on the tongue when he instituted the Eucharist? I think it is very likely. You may try to respond that He didn’t. Gratis asseritur. But, I’ll play along...... [ read article >> ]

Our Lady of Akita & Communion on the Tongue – A Catholic Thinker

The book, unexpectedly to me, makes very strongly the case for receiving Communion on the tongue. It does this first of all using evidence from the miraculous happenings at Akita itself, but backs up its claim with quotes from documents by Paul VI and John Paul II, as well as the observed behavior of these pontiffs... [ read article >> ]

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue? – Catholic Answers

Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue, I was denied Communion... [ read article >> ]

The manner of receiving Holy Communion – Catholic News Agency – October, 2012

How we handle objects says a lot about how we regard them. When looking at fine jewelry, for example, we are mindful to handle the gems carefully. When observing fine works of art, we don’t even touch them at all... [ read article >> ]

"For the first time in almost 40 years I received Communion on the tongue..." Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – March 10, 2012

I have been debating for a long time, due to your witness and also that of some faithful friends and relatives. I’m trying to find the words to express what I want to say about it, the best I can do right now is the ‘rightness’ of receiving that way... [ read article >> ]

The Altar Rail and Kneeling - Paul Kokoski, September 23, 2012

The present option or permission of receiving Holy Communion standing and in the hand has largely contributed to a crisis of faith... [ read article >> ]

Why I receive communion on the tongue? September 17, 2012 – Patheos.com by Marc

How one in spirit are we, a man may be tempted to ask, if we are so diverse in expression and in body, some kneeling, some standing, some receiving on the tongue, and others on the hand? Do the actions of the body not arise from the spirit?... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand while Standing: What’s the problem? – The Remnant, by Howard Toon – September 25, 2012

There can be no denying that Holy Communion is now almost universally received in the hand and that this has been the case since... [ read article >> ]

Receiving communion in the hand – Orate Fratres – July 16, 2012

Then considering the possibility of Communion received in the hand rather than on the tongue, the Holy See pointed out “certain dangers” of such a change... [ read article >> ]

QUAERITUR: Sitting instead of kneeling during the Consecration - 30 July 2012 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

It is the universal law in the Latin Church that the faithful kneel for the consecration. GIRM 43 says that we kneel the epiclesis to the “Mysterium Fidei“. However, there is particular law in the USA. The practice in the USA is to kneel from after the Sanctus until the end of the Doxology, that is, during the entire Eucharistic Prayer: [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand is a Sacrilege? – David Martin, St. Michael’s World Apostolate - August 29, 2012

Clergy have failed to acknowledge that at the very crux of the problem is the practice of receiving Communion in the hand... [ read article >> ]

Eucharistic Miracle of Rome – Italy, 6th – 7th Century

Among the most important works in which this Eucharistic Miracle, which occurred in Rome in the year 595, is mentioned is The Life of Blessed Pope Gregory, written by a deacon named Paul in 787. It was the custom in those days that the bread used for the Eucharistic Celebration was prepared by... [ read article >> ]

What we to think of communion in the hand? - Walking with God – May 27, 2009

Communion in the hand depressed Mother Theresa as well. When asked what she thought the worst problem in the world was, the saint of a woman replied: “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand." Not abortion or war, but communion in the hand... [ read article >> ]

Cum Amore Ac Timore - Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider – CatholicCulture.org – 2008

Awareness of the greatness of this mystery is shown in the way in which Christ's Body is given and received. Being aware of the importance of the moment of Holy Communion, the Church in her bimillenary tradition has tried to find a ritual expression to testify to her faith, love and respect in the most perfect possible way... [ read article >> ]

The Eucharist is Alive! - from 7 Secrets of the Eucharist, by Vinny Flynn (reprinted from CatholicCity.com)

The Eucharist is alive. That may seem obvious to you. I guess it was to me, at some intellectual level, but somehow I never really thought very deeply about what that actually meant... [ read article >> ]

From The Mail: Viewers Express Strong Views On Communion On Tongue Versus In The Hand – Spirit Daily – January, 2010

While Communion in the hand is fully approved by the Church, and is practiced by the large majority of Catholics, those who do receive on the tongue are vigorous in their advocacy of that way of receiving and raise a strong voice in urging a return to the older manners of reception... [ read article >> ]

What are we to think of Communion in the Hand? – Walking with God – May, 2009

Communion in the hand depressed Mother Theresa as well. When asked what she thought the worst problem in the world was, the saint of a woman replied: “Wherever I go in the whole world, the thing that makes me the saddest is watching people receive Communion in the hand." [ read article >> ]

Receptivity Fitting for The Lord – Fr. Roger J. Landry – CatholicCity.com – July 11, 2008

In a June 25 interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the Papal Master of Ceremonies Msgr. Guido Marini caught the attention of the Catholic world when he announced that henceforth Pope Benedict would distribute Holy Communion only on the tongue to people who are kneeling... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand? – Semper Fidelis – Catholic Apologetics of America - September 17, 2007

As a someone who formerly received Communion in the hand from my First Communion until Mother Angelica encouraged my family and I to receive Communion on the tongue beginning in 1993 and as a theologian with two theology degrees, I hope and pray that this composition will lead Catholics away from receiving CITH to receiving Our Blessed Savior [who is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament] on the tongue... [ read article >> ]

Holy Communion in the Hand? – Paul Kokowski – CatholicCulture.org – 2012

Father Regis Scanlon, who is spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, has said that "the doctrine of the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is one of those wonderful truths by which Christianity shines forth as a religion of mysteries far exceeding the capacity of the human mind... [ read article >> ]

Why Communion in the Hand is Forbidden – The Fatima Crusader – 1996-2012

It must be remembered that Communion on the tongue is the law of the Church...
[ read article >> ]

Holy Communion – on the tongue or in the hand? – St. Joseph’s Church Bulletin, New Malden, England – January 23, 2011

It was noted that the Pope, teaching by example, gives Holy Communion only on the tongue and kneeling at all Papal Masses including in Britain last September... [ read article >> ]

What Does The Prayer Really Say? – Fr. Z’s Blog – May 25, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley addressed for the first time publicly Friday evening the Vatican’s harsh criticism of one of her books, saying it points to “profoundly important” questions facing the Catholic community regarding the roles of truth and... [ read article >> ]

The Terrible Impact of the Shifting of the Focus of the Mass – A blog of Dallas Areas Catholics – May 31, 2012

The centrality of the Eucharist in the mystery of the Catholic religion means that its degrading leads to the degrading of all the other Sacraments that lead up to it. [ read article >> ]

How to Eradicate Communion On The Tongue – April 22, 2012 – Kneeling Catholic

St. ------ parish, a wealthy parish on the north side of San Antonio has found a way to make certain no-one can receive Holy Communion on the tongue. [ read article >> ]

Nil by mouth – the controversy over Communion on the tongue: a compromise? – February 25, 2012 - Dominus mihi adjutor

A couple of weeks ago Elizabeth Harrington, writing as the Education Officer for the Liturgical Commission of the archdiocese of Brisbane, penned an article in the diocesan tabloid, The Catholic Leader, on the issue of the reception of... [ read article >> ]

Fighting Back With Truth and Clarity – October 18, 2011 – Vox Cantoris

How amazing is the internet for our ability to communicate and cooperate and spread the truth. No wonder they have closed the CCCB Plenary to everyone but Pepper & Darknessa. What is it that they are afraid of? [ read article >> ]

The Prairie Messenger: Source of the Problem? – December 3, 2011 – Vox Cantoris

Much has been written on this blog over the last ten months on the matter of kneeling in Canada. Some have perhaps found it boring, some have found it informative and helpful. Regardless, I have been blogging on this because... [ read article >> ]

Communion on the Tongue and Pope St. Leo the Great – November 10, 2011 – Canterbury Tales

“This indeed is received by means of the mouth which we believe by means of faith. "Ore" is here in the ablative and in the context it denotes instrumentation. So then, the mouth is the means by which the Holy Eucharist is received. [ read article >> ]

Apostolic Nuncio to Canada on Kneeling after Communion – Some Canadian bishops are in gross error! - February 6, 2012 – Vox Cantoris

I received a letter today from the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada regarding the issue of some bishops and priests forcing people to stand after Holy Communion. This has come about as misinterpretation of the GIRM (General Instruction on the Roman Missal) as it is in the Third Edition in force since the First Sunday of Advent past... [ read article >> ]

FIUV – PP3 The Manner of Receiving Communion – April 1, 2012 – Rorate Caeli, Communion on the Tongue

Today I can publish the third paper in our series, on the Manner of Receiving Communion, about receiving communion directly in the mouth, as opposed to in the hand... [ read article >> ]

To Kneel Or Not To Kneel – Roman Catholic Cop – August 16, 2011

To kneel or not to kneel. On the tongue or in the hand. That is the question. A couple weeks ago, Catholic "shock-jock" Michael Voris posted a video on RealCatholicTV.com about kneeling for communion and taking the Eucharist in the hand vs on the tongue. It's something that I, a Catholic who grew up post Vatican II and who has never received on the tongue has pondered... [ read article >> ]

Father Mark Kirby: Abuse Of The Holy Eucharist Is A Cancer At The Heart Of The Church! – April 12, 2012 – Courageous Priest

"Several years ago, in the context of a course I was teaching, I suggested that the erosion of faith in the Most Holy Eucharist was, in fact, fostered by a number of liturgical and disciplinary changes:"... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand while Standing: What's the Problem? - February 16, 2012

"It is not permitted that the faithful should themselves pick up the consecrated bread and the sacred chalice, still less that they should hand them from one to another."... [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand: "A Grave Fault" - by David Martin, Our Lady's Workers of Southern California

With the crisis in the Church ever intensifying, clergy have failed to acknowledge that at the very crux of the problem is the practice of receiving Communion in the Hand... [ read article >> ]

Archdiocese of Winnipeg teaches Heresy on the Real Presence – Witness for Church and Pope - February 15, 2012

The Archdiocese of Winnipeg has a very disturbing document on the Mass entitled: Toward a Full, Conscious and Active participation: A process of liturgical renewal for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg... [ read article >> ]

Australian Archdiocesan paper: Communion in the tongue is "unhygienic", disruptive and based on "over-emphasis on Christ's divinity" - February 14, 2012

The following is an excerpt from "Communion in the Hand", a short essay authored by Elizabeth Harrington, the education officer of the Liturgy Commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane... [ read article >> ]

Hand Communion Causes Loss of Faith That Can't Be Denied - January 24, 2012

Hand Communion promotes the erroneous assertion that the Host is a precious little piece of bread, that one can simply snap up. Hand Communion could not be banned like a revolution... [ read article >> ]

Bishop Follows Pope Benedict's Example: Kneeling Only - December 31, 2011

He is following the example of Pope Benedict XVI in this and is intending to support the "reform of the reform"... [ read article >> ]

Sicilian Priest Refuses Communion in the Hand - November 20, 2011

The police were called 'to intervene and restore calm to a faithful Pastor in Acquaviva Platani, Don Francesco Novara, had refused delivery of the Host in his hand... [ read article >> ]

Father Keith Michael Carroll - November 11, 2011

Again a year or two after being elected to lead the Catholic Church, His holiness Pope Benedict XVI invited people who received from him at papal Masses, to kneel and receive communion on the tongue... [ read article >> ]

The Great Catholic Horror Story: The Pseudo-historical Deception of Communion in the Hand – October, 2011

The acorn is a potential oak tree; the oak tree is an acorn that has come to perfection. For the oak to return to being an acorn, presuming that it could do so without dying, would be a regression... [ read article >> ]

Speaking of the Liturgy - July 6, 2011

Professor Hull argues (among many, many other things) that the use of (un)extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, and the reception of Communion in the hand, are two of the gravest abuses of the post-conciliar times... [ read article >> ]

Cardinal Ranjith's Reforms in His Archdiocese - June 25, 2011

In his address to the Conference he spoke of the lack of faith in many parts of the Church itself, a lack of faith in the objective presence of the Lord in the Holy Eucharist... [ read article >> ]

Catholic and Welsh: Communion in the Hand - More Arguments Against - April 18, 2011

I know I am not a theologian, nor a bishop, nor a priest; but I cannot help but notice that Communion in the hand is growing in countries where belief in the Real Presence, including belief that the Host is the ENTIRE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, is on the decline... [ read article >> ]

CatholicHearld.co.uk: Communion on the hand or on the tongue? - February 24, 2011

This is a question I had not thought about until recently: is it more reverent to receive Holy Communion standing and in the hand or kneeling and on the tongue?... [ read article >> ]

A Letter from Our Cathedral Rector by Very Rev. Fr. John Lankeit, Rector, Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ January 30, 2011

I want to thank all of you who have recently started receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, not to mention those of you who already had been... [ read article >> ]

QUAERITUR: Lay people decide on their own to have a Communion service, help themselves.

QUESTION: Are EMHCs allowed to open the Tabernacle and distribute Consecrated Hosts when no priest or deacon is present? [ read article >> ]

Questions to be respectfully asked of your bishop and parish priest from eucharistia.life

In response to rogue European bishops who had allowed communion-in-the-hand without permission, Pope Paul VI polled bishops worldwide. He wanted to discern whether other bishops wished to open the door to communion-in-the-hand... [ read article >> ]

In Defense of Communion on the Tongue – Knight of Divine Mercy, Fr. Rick Heilman - January 24, 2011

In a recent issue of our diocesan newspaper, they ran an article from Fr. John Dietzen. This particular topic is a passion of mine, since I believe the loss of a sense of the sacred in the Holy Eucharist has led to a desacralized world, including life in our mothers’ wombs... [ read article >> ]

A Letter from Our Cathedral Rector by Very Rev. Fr. John Lankeit, Rector, Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ January 23, 2011

During my last year in the seminary, I deliberately stopped receiving Holy Communion in the hand, and began receiving on the tongue. It was awkward at first and I was particularly anxious about dropping the Host, since I no longer had the "control"... [ read article >> ]

Fr. Z's blog - A note on communion in the hand - November, 2010

Yesterday at Mass, my husband noticed that on the floor of our pew, by our feet, was a quarter of an unconsumed Host. He picked it up and consumed it... [ read article >> ]

Did the Church Fathers Practice Communion in the Hand? (Not Exactly)

The recent post entitled "Five Tips for Receiving the Communion on the Tongue" received a over 9,000 visits in its first day up and many more after that. I never imagined that this single topic would generate so much interest on the internet. [ read article >> ]

QUAERITUR: Why do deacons distribute Communion? Are they just glorified EMHC’s?

What makes a Deacon an “ordinary” minister of the Eucharist? Is it simply that he is ordained? I tried to ask our local Deacon, and was expecting a more theological treatment, but maybe I was expecting too much. I wanted to be able to explain to our entourage of EMHC’s that what they did was different than what the Deacon does/represents. Why isn’t the Deacon simply a glorified EMHC with a title? [ read article >> ]

5 Tips on Receiving the Holy Eucharist on the Tongue

Five tips on receiving the Holy Eucharist on your tongue:

  1. Open your mouth wide. Make your mouth into a landing pad, not a quarter slot.
  2. Stick out your tongue. Don't be embarrassed.
  3. Close your eyes. Why? If you leave your eyes open you'll be tempted to move your head toward the priest. Moving targets are hard to hit. Close your eyes and keep your head still.
  4. ... [ read article >> ]

Opinion: Fr. Greg J. Markey on 'Communion on the Hand'

I encourage parishioners to give prayerful consideration to following Pope Benedict XVI’s lead by receiving Holy Communion on the tongue in the New Year. [ read article >> ]

Receptivity Fitting For The Lord by Fr. Roger J. Landry - July 11, 2008

In a June 25 interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the Papal Master of Ceremonies Msgr. Guido Marini caught the attention of the Catholic world when he announced that henceforth Pope Benedict would distribute Holy Communion only on the tongue to people who are kneeling. [ read article >> ]

Holy Communion in the Hand: The True Story by Rev. Paul J. McDonald, Pastor, St. Patrick's Church, from on-line edition of Mary's Anawim, July, 2008

The history of Communion in the hand is often presented in certain quarters as follows: From the Last Supper on, Holy Communion was, as the norm, continually given in the hand. So it was during the age of the martyrs. And it continued... [read more >>]

Archbishop Ranjith: "Communion in the hand needs to be revisited" by Gregor Kollmorge February 21, 2008

Bruno Volpe, of Petrus, has interviewed Msgr. Albert Malcom Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments... [ read article >> ]

Benedict XVI and Communion in the Hand: Put Aside Your Illusions

EVER SINCE the post-Vatican II revolution began, the liturgical change that faithful Catholics regarded as most horrifying was communion in the hand. It overthrew everything — everything — we had been taught to believe about the ineffable holiness of the Real Presence and the sacred character of the priesthood... [ read article >> ]

Receiving Communion In The Hand Is Contrary To Tradition

Mysterium Fidei, the bulletin of religious information edited in Brussels by Alfredo Denoyelle, has published a study on tradition in relation to the manner in which the faithful receive Holy Communion... [ read article >> ]

Editorial by John-Henry Westen LifeSite News, Wednesday January 9, 2008

Although it may seem a little strange, there is a definite battle being waged within the Catholic Church. It is the same "culture war" being waged by secular moderns against those who uphold traditional morality, it is pro-life vs. pro-choice. But within the Catholic Church the same battle is fought along liturgical lines, and the publication in the Vatican newspaper of an article calling for Catholics to receive Holy Communion kneeling and on the... [ read article >> ]

The Beauty and Spirituality of the Traditional Latin Mass-- by David Joyce, Latin Mass Society of England and Wales

"...when the faithful themselves receive Communion, they receive It kneeling at the altar rail, and directly onto their tongue. This is very significant. Receiving Communion whilst kneeling means that the faithful line up in a row before the sanctuary, and thus have time to prepare themselves for this most sacred of events: [ read article >> ]

Ranjith on Kneeling for Communion during the liturgy and Communion on the Tongue – January, 2008

Libreria Editrice Vaticana has published a book, Dominus Est by Bishop Athansius Schnedier, where that Bishop analyzes the question of communion received kneeling and on the tongue.

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith has written the forward to this book, and an unofficial translation follows:

In the Book of Revelation, St. John tells how he... [ read article >> ]

Bernardus Johannes Cardinal Alfrink - January 17, 2006 - Catholic Church Conservation

As early as 1965, the Vatican had taken to task Cardinal Alfrink of the Netherlands for not stopping the abusive practice of Communion in the hand: “Preserve the traditional manner of distributing Holy Communion. [ read article >> ]

Vatican on Communion in the hand - Adoremus Bulletin, Online Edition - Vol. VIII, No. 10: February 2003

This response by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was sent to us by Father Paul McDonald, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Diocese of Saint Catherines in Ontario, Canada. The response appeared in Notitiae (April 1999), the official publication of the CDW, regarding the reception of Communion... [read more >>]

Rethinking Communion in the Hand by Jude A. Huntz HOMILETIC & PASTORAL REVIEW March 1997

Has the practice of Communion in the hand really strengthened and clarified our faith in the Real Presence? [ read article >> ]

Do it yourself Sacraments? by Fr. Frederick Hauser

Communion in the hand has played a part in making the priesthood less important in the eyes of many of the faithful.

Do you look at something you have seen hundreds of times and really see it for the first time? Perhaps it is a bush that has been dormant all winter and all of a sudden it's ablaze with color, or a child who you have known for years all of a sudden is an adolescent. Very often we need someone to point these things out to us or we will never see then with our mind's eye. [ read article >> ]

Historical Considerations on Communion on the Hand, Rev. Fr. Paul J. McDonald, Parish Priest

Here are some patristic and historical considerations on our theme, as well as an additional aspect. [ read article >> ]

By Their Fruits … Discerning Whether To Receive Communion In The Tongue vs. In The Mouth

When discerning rather to receive Holy Communion in the tongue or in the hand its always best to discern the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It much more simple than one would imagine especially when discerning something with a 40+ year track record... [read more >>]

Valid Objections to Communion In The Hand, Rev. Fr. Paul J. McDonald, Parish Priest

The time has come to begin to do everything we reasonably and licitly can to discourage the practice of Communion-in-the-Hand. In fact, the time is long past that we started doing this. It is much better to receive Holy Communion in the traditional manner, than it is to receive the Sacred Host into our hands. In Canada and the United States, it is true, that one may receive “on the hand”, with due precautions, but it is better to receive on the tongue. Here are twelve reasons why. [ read article >> ]

“Communion in the hand should be rejected," Dietrich von Hildebrand, November 8, 1973

There can be no doubt that Communion in the hand is an expression of the trend towards desacralization in the Church in general and irreverence in approaching the Eucharist in particular. [ read article >> ]

Fr. John Hardon, Call to Holiness Conference, Detroit, Michigan, November 1st, 1997

"We were at concelebrated Mass with the Holy Father, and we were absolutely forbidden to give Communion in the hands. [ read article >> ]

Excerpts from the Pastoral Statement on the Manner of Distributing and Receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion (issued for the Diocese of Sandhurst, Australia, by the Most Reverend Bishop Bernard D. Stewart, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 1976)

Decline and abolition [of Communion in the hand]

Communion by hand stayed in use for nearly nine centuries. Already earlier it had begun to grow less common when reservation of the Blessed Eucharist became limited to churches and administration of the Sacrament restricted to priests and deacons. It lost favor when the doctrine of the Real Presence was doubted or denied by... [ read article >> ]

Sermon of the opening mass of the 8th colloquium. Mgr Juan Rodolfo Laise, emeritus bishop of San Luis

Dear CIEL friends,
It is, as always, a great joy to be with you again on the occasion of your Annual Congress. This year you have chosen the theme of The Sacred. It seems to me that that is of the highest importance. [ read article >> ]

“Communion in the Hand: Documents and History” – Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise, San Luis, Argentina explains his decision to ban this sacrilegious practice

"Although the Church recognizes legitimate change, it nonetheless considers that 'the temerity and daring of those who introduce novel liturgical practices, or call for the revival of obsolete rites out of harmony with prevailing laws and rubrics, deserve severe reproof'. We must keep in mind that reversing the course of a development and returning to a previous phase, is not a development but rather a corruption. [ read article >> ]

Communion in the Hand and Similar Frauds by Michael Davies - Protestant Reformers Insist on Communion in the Hand

The Protestant Reformers were particularly sensitive concerning the symbolism of liturgical ceremonies, and particular attention was therefore paid to eliminating anything which could perpetuate belief in a sacrificing priesthood possessing powers denied to the laity or in the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament. In his 1549 Communion Service, Cranmer allowed the Sacrament to be placed on the tongue of the communicant by the minister. This was severely criticized by Martin Bucer, who demanded that Communion should be given in the hand. Cranmer complied and changed the rubric for his 1552 Prayer Book, to bring it into line with Protestant practice on the Continent. The reasons Bucer gives for insisting on this change are quite... [ read article >> ]

Communion-in-the-Hand: An Historical View, from Aquinas Multimedia, May-June 1996 issue

If you are among the many who have wondered over the past decade just how the practice of communion-in-the-hand originated and for what reasons, the following provides a concise history as well as a brief look into what has resulted from the...[ read article >> ]

The Regulations of the Vatican Concerning Communion in the Hand – The Fatima Crusader – 1987, Issue Number 7

While recalling the subject of the enclosed instruction of May 29, 1969, by which the traditional practice is maintained, the Holy Father has taken into consideration the reasons in support of your request and the results of the vote taken in this matter... [ read article >> ]