About John Lilburne
1237 K Sat 20 April
The Liturgy department of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops have added another new page, listed on the right.
Unfortunately there is conflicting information on whether
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can consume what remains
of the consecrated wine, the Precious Blood.
On 22 March 2002 there is approval of the USA Norms by Cardinal
Medina Estevez "All things to the contrary notwithstanding."
The text includes:
52. When more of the Precious Blood remains than was necessary
for Communion, and if not consumed by the bishop or priest celebrant,
"the deacon immediately and reverently consumes at the altar
all of the Blood of Christ which remains; he may be assisted,
if needs dictate, by other deacons and priests." (Footnote
55: GIRM, no. 182.) When there are extraordinary ministers of
Holy Communion, they may consume what remains of the Precious
Blood from their chalice of distribution with permission of
the diocesan bishop.
But in the USCCB BCL Newsletter of March/April we are told:
With respect to the second request, Cardinal Medina, Prefect
of CDWDS, noted that neither an indult nor even the permission
of the diocesan bishop is required for extraordinary ministers
of Holy Communion to help the priest celebrant to consume what
may remain of the Precious Blood after the distribution of Holy
Communion. "Rather," he wrote, "given the grave
and overriding need to safeguard the Precious Blood, ministers
of Holy Communion or other communicants may consume what remains
of the Precious Blood in a dignified and reverent manner."
Does it need the diocesan bishop's approval or not? We are
not given the full text of the letter. But at least as presented,
the instructions from Cardinal Medina Estevez seem contradictory.
I think it highlights the difficulties that arise from having
new legislation, the Norms, on top of the General Instruction
of the Roman Missal. Perhaps things will be simplier in Australia
without such Norms.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 20 April 2002.
for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both
Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America, - full
BCL Newsletter of March/April 2002