Adoremus December 2002
The December 2002 Adoremus has an excellent coverage of current liturgical difficulties.
The letters page is particularly encouraging, with good responses arising from a letter from Cardinal Napier of South Africa and another from Bishop Trautman.
In the reply to another letter its also good to see publicity for the change in the Roman Missal of 2002: that people should stand to say "May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands ...".
Kneeling for communion in the United States presents special difficulties discussed in the News section. The Study Translation of the 2000 General Instruction of the Roman Missal has:
In n. 160 it has:
This translates the Latin text:
But in the letter by Cardinal Medina Estevez of 1 July 2002 we have:
I find it confusing and likely to cause disharmony. It seems to say: the Conference of Bishops may make laws about standing to receive communion, but have no authority to enforce it. If there is deliberate disobedience the person distributing communion must cooperate with it.
If the Congregation always want the option of receiving communion
kneeling, why didn't they say so in the Roman Missal? Why have
this confusion of: "Its up to the bishops, but if they decide
on standing, people need not obey them." It creates an ongoing
stressful situation that seems unnecessary.
The US Bishops Conference decided:
I guess they judged it was the best they could do in the circumstances. But its not surprising that there is confusion about it. Hopefully there will be a resolution with this excellent edition of Adoremus.
By J.R. Lilburne, 19 December 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.