Discouraging altar girls
There are lots of media reports today about a draft Vatican document to discourage altar girls, applause, etc.
The 2002 General Instruction of the Roman Missal
already discourages both altar girls and altar boys in favour of "altar men"
(i.e. instituted acolytes).
On the question of communion under both kinds it gives wider latitude
Its interesting to note that the draft document has:
In my case many of the questions about liturgical practice are often
those of my bishop. The terminology "treated with respect" is similar to
that used for instituted lectors:
Hopefully more respect will be given both to instituted lectors
and to those who complain about liturgical abuses.
By J.R. Lilburne, 24 September 2003. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.