CCCB: One of the Main Movers Behind Communion in the Hand!

…The practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand first began to spread in Catholic circles during the early 1960s, primarily in Holland. Shortly after Vatican II, due to the escalating abuses in certain non-English speaking countries (Holland, Belgium, France and Germany), Pope Paul VI took a survey of the world’s bishops to ascertain their opinions on the subject. On May 28, 1969 the Congregation for Divine Worship issued Memoriale Domini, which concluded: “From the responses received, it is thus clear that by far the greater number of bishops feel that the present discipline [i.e., Holy Communion on the tongue] should not be changed at all, indeed that if it were changed, this would be offensive to the sensibility and spiritual appreciation of these bishops and of most of the faithful.”4 After he had considered the observation and the counsel of the bishops, the Supreme Pontiff judged that the long-received manner of ministering Holy Communion to the faithful should not be changed. The Apostolic See then strongly urged bishops, priests and the laity to zealously observe this law out of concern for the common good of the Church.

Despite this statement of the Holy See, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) decided at its Plenary Assembly of November 1969 to submit a formal request to the Holy Father for permission to distribute Holy Communion in the hand. The CCCB informed its members that “the growing participation in the Eucharist, especially by sacramental communion, has created within man the desire to see re-established the venerable custom of receiving the Eucharistic Bread in their hands.”5 The CCCB further advised its members that “the Pope thought it better not to change the [old] discipline for all the Church, but, rather, to study on an individual basis the requests submitted to him by national conferences of bishops.”6 What Pope Paul VI actually said in Memoriale Domini, however, was “if the contrary usage, namely, of placing Holy Communion in the hand, has already developed in any place [it had not, at that point, in Canada] . . . the Holy See will weigh the individual cases with care.”7

Permission for Communion in the hand was eventually granted to the Canadian bishops on several strict conditions, including that “the new manner of giving Communion must not be imposed in a way that would exclude the traditional practice.”8 The Canadian bishops nonetheless advised its instructors of the new practice to provide the faithful with only the “good reasons which justify the introduction of the new rite.”9 While not explicitly forbidden Communion on the tongue, the faithful — especially first communicants and converts — were “encouraged to receive the Eucharistic Bread on the flat palm of the hand.”10(Source)

What subterfuge and betrayal!  November 1969.  One year after Winnipeg.  The rot does not waste any time in spreading its contagion, does it? 

Is there any area in Church life where the Canadian Church is not playing Judas?  I mean, you can’t make this stuff up! Who needs Obama with “friends of the Eucharist” like this?

How many innocent Catholics who receive on the hand know what they are doing? Virtually none. And yet the objective reality is that we are receiving the sacred Host unworthily.  We need to stop this.

6 thoughts on “CCCB: One of the Main Movers Behind Communion in the Hand!

  1. Fast forward 13 years and the following from the Skoke-Graham v. The Queen — Supreme Court Judgments Collection shows how seriously the diocese of Antigonish, NS took ““the new manner of giving Communion must not be imposed in a way that would exclude the traditional practice.”
    9. As each accused arrived at a communion station, he or she knelt before the priest. They were each told to stand if they wished to receive communion. After a few seconds, each one stood and, without receiving communion, moved off in an orderly manner to the sides of the church and returned to his or her seat.
    10. The appellants were all charged upon informations dated June 30, 1982, alleging that each of the appellants, at the time and place set forth, “did unlawfully at or near a meeting of Religious Worship at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, did wilfully disturb the order or solemnity of that Religious Worship and Meeting, contrary to section 172(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada”.

    — On August 18, 1982, Judge MacEwan convicted the appellants. Sentence was suspended and each of the appellants was placed upon six months probation.

    An appeal against conviction and sentence to the Nova Scotia County Court was dismissed by MacLellan J.

    A further appeal to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Appellate Division, sub nom. R. v. Hafey (1983), 4 C.C.C. (3d) 344, 32 C.R. (3d) 285, 57 N.S.R. (2d) 100, 120 A.P.R. 100, brought with the leave of that court, was also dismissed.

    The case is appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada. 1985-03-14 Judgment on the appeal rendered, The convictions quashed and the appellants are acquitted. The $150.00 awarded as costs to the Crown by Judge MacLellan should be restored to the appellants., CJ R B McI C La W
    Allowed, no order as to costs

  2. As a priest, I can say that I am truly inspired when I see a layperson kneeling and/or receiving on the tongue when they come up to me for Holy Communion. It reaffirms my identity as a priest, and my mission to feed Christ’s faithful ones. They allow themselves to be fed spiritually by the hands of Christ’s priests, instead of taking it upon themselves to feed themselves. Holy Communion is to be received, not taken.

    Unfortunately, I cannot oblige people to receive only on the tongue, as that is the bishop’s call, not mine. However, I do wish to encourage all lay faithful to stand firm in their God-given right to receive Our Lord as He was always received in the Church for centuries: kneeling and on the tongue.

    Please pray for the universal return of this practice to our churches in Canada and throughout the world.

    • It reaffirms my identity as a priest, and my mission to feed Christ’s faithful ones.

      Precisely, Father. Communion on the hand attacks so many beliefs about the Church. 1. The belief in the Eucharist 2. The identity of the ministerial priest from the identity of the laity – a very important sacramental distinction which is witnessed to by our liturgical actions and gestures 3. The docility of the laity to receive “from consecrated hands” the Holy Eucharist which mirrors our reception in docility to holy Mother Church’s doctrines.
      4. The whole fraud of “extraordinary” ministers which are not extraordinary at all, but very ordinary and expected.
      etc. etc. etc.

  3. i HAVE BEEN RECEIVING COMMUNION ON THE TNGUE AND KNEELING DIWN FOR THE THE LAST 12 YEARS WITH ONLY 1 PROBLEM– THE pRIEST, MOTIVATED BY SOME STUPIDITY REFUSED TO GIVE ME COMMUNION AS NOTED. i HAVE BEEN WITH THIS PARISH FOR 51 YEARS AND SO LEFT THE PARISH TO GO TO ANOTHER PARISH, TAKING MY COLLECTION WITH ME.sINCE THEN MORE HAVE LEFT THIS PARISH AND IS NOW IN DEBT. (DO NOT SLAP THE FACE OF gOD– HE HAS WAYS OF MAKING US LOOK UP

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