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Priest eliminates EMHCs!

February 15th, 2011, Promulgated by Nerina

Since liturgy seems to be a hot topic on the blog today, I thought I’d include this item found over at Fr. Z’s place (What Does the Prayer Really Say).  Can you imagine if EMHCs were no longer used in our diocese?

Money quote:

This weekend we made the move to refrain from the use of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.  Thanks to this internet age in  which we live, the appropriate teaching on this was hard to escape. Up to now, I hid behind my “ignorance”, but once I received the truth, the culpability of my dissent became more grave. I could no longer cower behind my lack of knowledge. My conscience got the better of me as I realized my dissent would now be direct.

The priest goes on to note that some of his parishioners were instantly supportive while others announced they were leaving the parish.  How sad.   I appreciate his honesty regarding his ignorance and attempts to remain so in order to avoid conflict.  Fortunately, God had other plans.  It reminds me of when I first heard about the Church’s teaching on birth control.  Like this priest, I could no longer cower behind my lack of knowledge.  As the saying goes: “Ignorance is bliss.”

By the way, the teaching regarding EMHCs can be found here (refer to article 8).

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One Response to “Priest eliminates EMHCs!”

  1. Dr. K says:

    It would be nice to see this happen here and elsewhere. The only instances where EMHC should be used, in my opinion, is to help bring Communion to the home-bound, and to assist in distribution of Communion at Mass when there are a large number of people.

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