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Archbishop critical of rushed sacraments in pandemic

Updated / Sunday, 20 Sep 2020 16:36 The Archbishop of Dublin has warned that efforts to complete Communions and Confirmations in the current pandemi…
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Archbishop Martin forgets that many bishops banned parishioner attendance at Mass. Canon Law 918 allows the reception of the Eucharist outside of Mass.

"It is highly recommended that the faithful receive holy communion during the eucharistic celebration itself. It is to be administered outside the Mass, however, to those who request it for a just cause, with the liturgical rites being observe…More
Archbishop Martin forgets that many bishops banned parishioner attendance at Mass. Canon Law 918 allows the reception of the Eucharist outside of Mass.

"It is highly recommended that the faithful receive holy communion during the eucharistic celebration itself. It is to be administered outside the Mass, however, to those who request it for a just cause, with the liturgical rites being observed."

In this context, the "just cause" is Bishops like himself have suspended Mass entirely or re-opened Masses with so many restrictions practically no one is able to attend. Interestingly, this topic came up fifteen years ago, at least a decade before the Corona-Hysteria.

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"Dr Martin said First Communions and Confirmations are sacramental acts and must be celebrated in an appropriate liturgical context and catechetical preparation."

Canon Law still says differently. CanonLaw 913 §1. "The administration of the Most Holy Eucharist to children requires that they have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so that they understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and are able to receive the body of Christ with faith and devotion."

Further, in Canon Law 913 §2. "The Most Holy Eucharist, however, can be administered to children in danger of death if they can distinguish the body of Christ from ordinary food and receive communion reverently."

Both sections demonstrate there is no requirement for a "big show". No reference is made to "an appropriate liturgical context" and in the danger of death, none is even possible. A child may receive the Eucharist so long as they have, according to Canon Law "sufficient knowlege and careful preperation". Both can be supplied at home by their parents. Given how Mass attendance is near impossible in so many places, it's fitting parents should take the time to provide exactly the sort of "catechical perparation" this Archbishop would deny such families.

"The Archbishop expresses concern that many people may be underestimating the seriousness of the current situation in Dublin and now in other counties."

No, they're finally waking up to the fact this hysteria is just that and clerics like this one are using it for their own ends.

"He said the need to reduce contacts and the size of gatherings is also at the root of the norms that ask us to limit public worship and close churches."

...and this sort of mendacious "health concern" is why devout priests and faithful parishioners are seeking canonically valid ways to throw bishops a UK two-finger salute and practice the Catholic faith in spite of his best efforts to prevent it.

"The document, as I quoted yesterday, strongly supports the application of restrictive measures and 'painful decisions even to the point of suspending the participation of the faithful in the celebration of the Eucharist for a long period',when the need is great."

The Canon Law of the Catholic Church beats a Vatican policy guideline in terms of authority. That moment when you realize Ultraviolet knows Canon Law better than an Archbishop with a Ph.D.

MFW Tuesday, 22 September 2020.