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1653 K Fri 19 April 2002

The Liturgy department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have added four new pages, listed on the right.

The indult on purifications in the United States is:

... for grave pastoral reasons, the faculty may be given by the diocesan Bishop to the priest celebrant to use the assistance, when necessary, even of extraordinary ministers in the cleansing of sacred vessels after the distribution of Communion has been completed in the celebration of Mass. This faculty is conceded for a period of three years as a dispensation from the norm of the Institutio Generalis, edito typica tertia of the Roman Missal.

All things to the contrary notwithstanding.

From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, March 22, 2002.

So it is not an automatic "Extraordinary ministers can do the instituted acolyte's job of the purifications." The faculty may, or may not, be given by the dicoesan Bishop. It must be "necessary" for the priest to have assistance. It seems to me that such a necessity would only apply in rare emergencies. So I expect this will end on 22 March 2005.

The March Newsletter gives a good description of additions and changes to the contents of the 2002 Roman Missal. I have written lots about the differences between the 2000 and 2002 Institutio Generalis at Its good to now have others saying there is a difference, even if only one of the "minor adjustments" is given.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 19 April 2002.


Other Sites:

The Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America,

USCCB BCL Newsletter March/April

Newsletter February

Newsletter January