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Diocese limits Communion under both kinds, laments excessive extraordinary ministers

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The Diocese of Phoenix has announced that it will issue norms specifying the conditions under which Holy Communion may be distributed under both species.

“The new norms will promote unity in the celebration of the Eucharist all around the world, and come from the revised General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition, together with the final edition of The Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds for the Dioceses of the United States of America,” the diocese stated in a press release.

“In the Roman Missal (1975), 14 instances were provided when the chalice could be offered to the laity,” the diocese noted. “From 1975 on, the United States, United Kingdom and Oceania were given experimental privileges for the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds. These privileges expired in 2005 and were not renewed by the Holy See. The new norms issued in June 2011 are what guide the liturgical practice today and in the future.”

“These universal norms for the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds greatly expanded those times when the chalice could be offered to the lay faithful for most of the Catholic world (since in most countries their practice was virtually non-existent),” the diocesan statement continued. “In the Diocese of Phoenix, like other places where the practice of reception from the chalice became frequent or even commonplace, the new norms call for the practice of less frequent distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds than the faithful may have been accustomed.”

    The ritual books state that Holy Communion may be offered at the Chrism Mass and feast of Corpus Christi. Additionally, it may be offered to a Catholic couple at their wedding Mass, to first communicants and their family members, confirmation candidates and their sponsors, as well as deacons, non-concelebrating priests, servers and seminarians at any Mass, as well as community members at a conventual Mass or those on a retreat or at a spiritual gathering. In addition, a priest may select other important solemnities in which it may be offered, e.g., parish patronal feast days or the celebration of the dedication of the church building, provided the conditions are met.

“In normal circumstances, only priests and deacons are to distribute Holy Communion,” the diocese added; “when both forms of Communion are used frequently, ‘extraordinary’ ministers of Holy Communion are disproportionately multiplied.”

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I hadn't realized the "experimental privileges" had expired.  Now to bring back altar rails, and things will be greatly improved.
Is this the same diocese that banned altar girls?
(09-22-2011, 02:07 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: [ -> ]Is this the same diocese that banned altar girls?

The rector of the Cathedral did, within the cathedral, but they are not banned for the whole diocese.  Still a good step!
(09-22-2011, 02:45 PM)newyorkcatholic Wrote: [ -> ]The rector of the Cathedral did, within the cathedral, but they are not banned for the whole diocese.  Still a good step!

One step in one diocese.  I wish there were more, but I guess it's something.  ....Though certain people around here would just say that the wolf is adding more sheepskin to his outfit.
(09-22-2011, 03:19 PM)The Curt Jester Wrote: [ -> ]Though certain people around here would just say that the wolf is adding more sheepskin to his outfit.

If Pope Benedict were to abrogate the NO and impose the TLM (using 1954 rubrics) on the entire Roman rite, some people would still think this. 
(09-22-2011, 03:19 PM)The Curt Jester Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-22-2011, 02:45 PM)newyorkcatholic Wrote: [ -> ]The rector of the Cathedral did, within the cathedral, but they are not banned for the whole diocese.  Still a good step!

One step in one diocese.  I wish there were more, but I guess it's something.   ....Though certain people around here would just say that the wolf is adding more sheepskin to his outfit.

Ha! perhaps  :)  But I think the more the average layman is formed in the correct way to do things, the less of a leap it will be for them to recognize that the TLM is better.  Teach them reverence, and they will come to see that the TLM is inherently more reverent.

I still care very much what happens out in NOland because that's where most of my friends are, and these incremental steps provide an opportunity to talk about tradition.
(09-22-2011, 03:19 PM)The Curt Jester Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-22-2011, 02:45 PM)newyorkcatholic Wrote: [ -> ]The rector of the Cathedral did, within the cathedral, but they are not banned for the whole diocese.  Still a good step!

One step in one diocese.  I wish there were more, but I guess it's something.   ....Though certain people around here would just say that the wolf is adding more sheepskin to his outfit.

At least the rector is doing what he can, within his power, to help things.

It would be such a blessing if pastors would follow his lead instead of shrugging it off as "the way things are now."