A Canadian bishop has suspended celebration of the traditional Latin Mass by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), because the priests will not comply with a diocesan directive barring the reception of Communion on the tongue. Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary imposed the policy, ordering the faithful to receive Communion in the hand, in a response to fears of the swine flu.
Reminded that the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has said that all Catholics have the right to receive Communion on the tongue [even during the H1N1 “pandemic”], Bishop Henry replied: “I am well aware of what the congregation has decided but quite frankly, it is not their call. It is mine.” He said that the FSSP would be allowed to resume celebrating Mass in the extraordinary form when medical officials say that the swine-flu threat has receded. (Source)
The swine flu is overblown, in my opinion. And I feel just a tad bit uncomfortable with cow-towing to health intimidation by the government authorities. Global warming doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the “scientific community”, you know.
While I think the Faithful should obey the bishop, I also think the bishop should obey Rome.
You’re not an island, your Grace. And you are under authority too.