Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Phoenix Wine-Less Mass Criticized "by Michael Clancy
"The Whosoever Desires blog, put together by seven Jesuit priests, also criticizes the decision.
The Rev. Nathan O'Halloran of New Orleans said he cannot figure out the reason for the change.
He said Olmsted's decision appears personal, not required by church law.
He disagrees with the reasons given for the restriction, including possible profanation of the sacrament and that use of laypeople to distribute community has gotten out of hand.
O'Halloran said that in 29 years as a priest, he has seen little that could be called "profanation," and that if Communion in the form of wine is available, then it should be utilized.
He said use of both bread and wine during Communion - the central act of worship in the Catholic Mass - links people to the early church and that restricting Communion creates a wedge between the clergy and the laity that does not need to exist."

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Anonymous said...

"He said Olmsted's decision appears personal, not required by church law."

Wrong. Church law does not permit Communion under both forms, save for special occasions (First Communion, weddings, etc.). The experimental permission granted to the United States for both forms at the priest's whim has expired and has not been renewed by the Vatican.

Female altar servers are "not required by Church law". Would this Jesuit find no fault were Bishop Olmstead to do away with this altogether?