The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

There is a great post about the posture of receiving Holy Communion in the United States(standing and in the hand). This practice has a very shady background in the way that it was forced on us and and a break with the Church’s long standing tradition. Most bishops were against the change, but games were played and we have been suffering from the results of this practice ever since. Christian Browne makes some really good points that would should all prayerfully reflect on.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops’ recent moves to formally ignore the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.

The social and political situation in the United States is also of concern. Soon, the Supreme Court may declare homosexual “marriage” a constitutional right. The Obama era has been marked by a series of assaults on religious liberty and the Church’s future ability to freely exercise its prerogatives is uncertain.

It seems an apt time, therefore, for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to take stock of the state of affairs ad intra Eccelsiam. By clearly examining the health of the inner life of the American Church, the bishops can lay a better foundation for dealing with the challenges from the outside.

Of particular concern these fifty years after the Council ought to be the changes made to the liturgy in the United States in the late 1960s and 1970s, implemented by, and under the authority of, the bishops’ conference. And the most fundamental of these changes relates to the manner of reception of Holy Communion at Mass, whereby the vast majority of today’s communicants receive Communion in the hand while standing.

Read the whole post here.

H/t to Father Jerabek

iPadre #328 – Walk through the Mass – part 1

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DVD Review: “Lead Kindly Light – The Life and Message of Blessed John Henry Newman”

Lead-Kindly-LightI must admit that I did not know much at all about Blessed John Henry Newman. This DVD was indeed a treat. The documentary presents the man who had many conversions throughout his life, as does any man who is searching for the truth. Newman’s search finally lead him to the ultimate conversion, to enter the Roman Catholic Church. A decision that lost him many friends, but gained him so many more. His great struggle difficult decision opened a door that eventually lead him to the Catholic Priesthood. Pope Leo XIII gave him the greatest honor of raising Newman to the Collage of Cardinals, a great confirmation of his faithfulness to Christ. Despite his great honors and notoriety, Blessed John Henry Newman always had the heart of a shepherd and lived the life of a parish priest. This DVD will inspire you in your own search for Christ, whether you are a non-Catholic probing the mysteries of life, or a life long Catholic constantly seeking to penetrate Him who Is Truth.