Benedict XVI, Bishop Schneider, and Communion in the hand

Bishop Schneider refutes this notion in his most recent book, as well as in his previous one, titled Dominus Est, riflessioni di un vescovo dell’Asia Centrale sulla sacra comunione (“It’s the Lord: Reflections of a Bishop of Central Asia on Holy Communion”). It was the manuscript of this earlier book that he managed to deliver to Benedict XVI, with an accompanying letter imploring, “In the name of Jesus Christ…see to it that when you administer Communion, all the faithful should receive It from your hands only on their knees and in their mouth. This would set an example for all.” To Bishop Schneider’s great surprise, five weeks later the nuncio in Kazakhstan gave him a sealed and confidential letter from the Vatican: it was the pope’s answer, which included this statement, in German: “Ihre Argumente sind überzeugend” (“Your arguments are convincing”). The author interpreted this reply as a green-light for the publication of his book, which was subsequently released by the LEV (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican publishing house). The book was published in early 2008. Pope Benedict XVI started to administer the Body of Our Lord directly on the tongue of the faithful on their knees with the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi in Rome on May 25, 2008. (Source)

Pity.  Ottawa will likely never hear Bishop Schneider.  Certain ecclesiastical and demonic forces put the kaibosh on it.

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