Pope Benedict to Catholics:
Kneel and Receive on the Tongue Only
Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving
their hand nor does he want them standing to
receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According
liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to
set the stage
for the whole church as to the proper norm for receiving
which reason communicants at his papal Masses
are now asked to kneel
and receive on the tongue.
The Holy Father's reasoning is simple: "We Christians kneel before the Blessed Sacrament because, therein, we know and believe to be the presence of the One True God." (May 22, 2008)
According to the pope the entire Church should kneel in
before God in the Eucharist. "Kneeling
in adoration before the Eucharist is the most valid and radical remedy
against the idolatries of yesterday and today" (May 22, 2008)
Our Holy Father wants to purge the Church of abuse and we the faithful ought to be just that, and assist him. We cite from Cardinal Llovera, the new prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments speaking to Life Site News on July 22, 2009: "It is the mission of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments to work to promote Pope Benedict's emphasis on the traditional practices of liturgy, such as reception of Communion on the tongue while kneeling."
Also note the decree from Cardinal Caffarra, the Archbishop of Bologna Italy, forbidding the practice of Communion in the hand: "Many cases of profanation of the Eucharist have occurred, profiting by the possibility to receive the consecrated Bread on one’s palm of the hand... Considering the frequency in which cases of irreverent behavior in the act of receiving the Eucharist have been reported, we dispose that starting from today in the Metropolitan Church of St. Peter, in the Basilica of St. Petronius and in the Shrine of the Holy Virgin of St. Luke in Bologna the faithful are to receive the consecrated Bread only from the hands of the Minister directly on the tongue." ( April 27, 2009)
The bishops and priests are bound to follow the Holy
Father's directive on this issue because it is in keeping
with sacred Tradition itself; the faithful
are not obliged to wait for the approval of their bishop in
kneel for God.