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Rodger said in January 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am

Bravo, Fr. M. May other pastors follow your lead.

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Matt said in January 13th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

It is too bad he did not ban the pratice at St. Mary’s citing the risk of misuse. I pray there is a Holy Priest out there who will take the real lead on this issue, like the Pope, and ban the practice.

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Froggy said in January 19th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I certainly admire Fr. M. and would immediately move to his parish if it were at all possible. He says things with such common sense and authority, something we sorely lack in the church today.

Having said that, if they found a host under the pew at ST. Mary’s parish, he should immediately ban the practice of communion in the hand using that as a reason to make everyone shut up if required.

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Joe Frances said in January 28th, 2009 at 6:56 am

Communion in the hand has created a number of tense situations at Mass that have been very negative and distracting. The priest, suspecting that a communicant had walked off with the Precious Host, and not consumed it, has had to confront the person and insist on having that person put the Host in his or her mouth. On at least on occasion there was an argument at Mass between the priest and person who failed to consume the Host. The priest ultimately had to accept the dishonest insistence of the communicant that (in that case) she had swallowed the Host. I personally believe sincerely that she had not. Priests know that people have taken the Host and not consumed it for some reasons including taking it home for some misguided personal devotion, or worse. Communion in the hand is an invitation to such abuse. What a simple and safe thing it is to administer Holy Communion on the tongue. What risks to offense to the Lord is communion in the hand.

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sharon stockard said in June 17th, 2009 at 9:50 am

If an indult can be given, can the indult be resinded?

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Susan said in September 5th, 2009 at 5:58 am

I also believe that the "free choice" aspect of how to receive holy communion should have been removed a long time ago. As a mother feeds her baby so God feeds us…straight into the mouth. That's love.

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Anonymous said in November 19th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Our Lady of the Angelus Church in Rego Park, NY (Brooklyn Diocese) has BANNED Communion on the tongue. If you attempt to receive on the tongue, you will be denied.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

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