In the February Edition of Adoremus there is a report on the
USCCB November 2001 meeting. The report concludes:
Bishop Zubik: Archbishop, my question just refers to
paragraph #193 in the Instruction. And it's one that speaks about:
After the distribution of Communion a liturgically instituted
acolyte helps the priest or deacon to cleanse and arrange
the sacred vessels. I think if my memory serves me correctly,
when we met in Atlanta we asked whether or not an exception to
that could be made to allow Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist,
to be able to cleanse the vessels. And I didn't notice anything
in Cardinal Medina's letter or any other reference in the documentation
we received. I just wanted to find out where we are with that.
Archbishop Lipscomb: This was --
Bishop Fiorenza: I could answer it.
Archbishop Lipscomb: You want to answer it?
Bishop Fiorenza: Yeah. When we spoke with Cardinal
Medina earlier, and we brought up this point, he said that after
the Missale Romanum is adopted then we could apply for
the indult. Is there some other word on it?
Archbishop Lipscomb: We sent over our application.
It's contained in the document "This Holy and Living Sacrifice",
which we approved in June, that contained these exceptions as
a part of those documents. We have not heard back yet. I think
the Cardinal might not have understood the procedure. That we
asked him for the Adaptations specifically with respect to the
Institutio Generalis, and we applied for the exceptions
in a more comprehensive document that would explain Eucharistic
devotion and practice in the United States and in the context
of which we asked for these several exceptions that more or less
preserve the customs about purifying the vessels, and the [extraordinary]
Eucharistic ministers being given their proper roles.
So we haven't heard back from that yet. But it's in the works,
and it will certainly be pursued.
The question of indults for extraordinary ministers to
purify chalices, etc., was raised during a press conference following
this session. The Catholic News Service reporter asked about
Cardinal Medina's letter that said that before granting such
an indult "it would be necessary to establish the fact that
all options provided in the existing norms of the new Institutio
... have truly proved unworkable after diligent and sustained
attempts to implement them".
Archbishop Lipscomb replied that "the Conference went through
a stated process of discovery, and testing and debate in June,
which is the time when `This Holy and Living Sacrifice' was approved.
And so I don't anticipate that there will be any great difficulty
in what we have asked for being granted because I think it is
part of the Eucharistic practice and faith life in the Church
in the United States. And I think that the Congregation will
take this into consideration when it is presented, much in the
same way as these adaptations found favor with the Congregation".