There seems to be what I consider to be a disturbing, albeit minor, trend of dioceses eliminating receiving from the Cup during Holy Communion. First, the Diocese of Phoenix and now the Diocese of Madison.
This is an important issue for catechists to stay on top of. For the past quarter of a century or so, many of us have been working very hard to encourage people to receive Holy Communion under both species. Now, we’re being told that receiving from the cup was a “limited time offer” – an indult from the Vatican that expired in 2005. Although bishops still have the authority to include reception of Holy Communion under both species, two bishops have used this opportunity as an excuse to eliminate reception of the cup.
I find their rationale quite flawed especially when they say they are just trying to be in conformity with “the rest of the world” which does not commonly have Communion under both species. If that’s the case, why do we kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer in the U.S. when most of the rest of the world stands? They also talk about spillage being a problem, something I have not witnessed once in 30 years. Finally, they seem to think that having a number of extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion causes confusion about the role of the priest as the ordinary minister of Holy Communion. I don’t know about you, but when I’m receiving Holy Communion from an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, I can usually tell that he or she is not a priest. It seems to me more than anything to be an attempt to emphasize clericalism.
What are your thoughts on the issue?