22 October 2006

Listing of Abuses to be avoided regarding The Eucharist

When I read over the summary of abuses regarding the blessed sacrament, some of them surprise me, that they would have to be mentioned.

It reminds me of seeing the warning on blowdryers- DO NOT USE WHILE IN THE SHOWER OR BATH. This warning always seems like a given to me. And yet I know that someone tried to do just that and the company got sued because there was no warning. Someone alot of what follows makes me feel the same way.

What frightens me about the following is that for these abuses to be listed, that means these were being committed and priests don't know enough not to do them, so Rome actually had to specifically say "Ah, don't do this"

Has anyone out there really seen any of these. I'm hoping Rome is being pre-emptive, but something tells me that somewhere done the line, all of the following has been done at one time or another, by someone or other.

5. Abuses indicated

All the abuses indicated in the Instruction are not equally serious, and so it is also important to evaluate their gravity. In addition to those most serious cases which involve sacrilege, the simulation of the Mass, or concelebration with ministers of Ecclesial Communities that do not have Apostolic Succession, other abuses include:

– The use of Eucharistic Bread that is not unleavened or made purely of wheat (n. 48);
– The use of wine other than that which is natural and from the fruit of the grape, pure and incorrupt (n. 50); (?)
– The use or composition of unauthorized Eucharistic Prayers (n. 51);
– Allowing parts of the Eucharistic Prayer to be recited by a deacon, a lay minister, or an individual member of the faithful, or by all members of the faithful together (n. 52); (Wouldn't this be covered under, only priests can celebrate mass?)
– The use of other music during the Eucharistic Prayer, apart from the duly approved acclamations (n. 53);
– The breaking of the host at the time of the consecration (n. 55);
– The omission of the name of the Supreme Pontiff or of the diocesan Bishop in the Eucharistic Prayer (n. 56); (This one surprises me, except at the death, how does one forget to include the pope's name )
– Altering or varying the texts of the liturgy (n. 59);
– Separating the Liturgy of the Word from the Liturgy of the Eucharist by celebrating them at different times or places (n. 60);
– Omitting or substituting the prescribed biblical readings, including the responsorial psalm, or substituting with non-biblical texts (n. 62); (The funny thing is that somebody must have been trying this )
– The proclaiming of the Gospel by a layperson, even a religious (n. 63);
– Entrusting the homily to a layperson (nn. 64-65), seminarians, theological students, or “pastoral assistants” (n. 66); (especially the last one -well duh!)
– The introduction of Creeds or Professions of Faith not in the duly approved liturgical books (n. 69);( I have to ask, what other creed could someone possibly have recited during a Catholic Mass, I shudder)
– Giving an instruction or testimony at Mass on the Christian life by a layperson before the Prayer after Communion, or confusing this instruction or testimony with the homily, or dispensing the homily on account of the instruction or testimony given by a layperson (n. 74);
– The insertion of the celebration of Mass into the setting of a common meal (n. 77); (This shocked me. What priest would confuse a Mess Hall for a Mass. Although with Vosko's designs I can see how the opposite might be true; Confusing a Mass with a Mess)
– Introducing into the Eucharistic celebration elements that are contrary to the prescriptions of the liturgical books or taken from the rites of other religions (n. 79); (See my note on the Creed above.)
– The faithful taking by themselves the sacred host or the sacred chalice, or handing these from one to another, and the administration of Communion by one spouse to another at the Nuptial Mass (n. 94);
– The distribution of unconsecrated hosts or other edible or inedible things after the manner of Communion (n. 96); (This one confuses me that people would have been doing this and they have to be told to stop.)
– The priest celebrant or a concelebrant waiting until after the Communion of the faithful before taking Communion himself (n. 97);
– The pouring of the Blood of Christ after the consecration from one vessel to another, which is completely to be avoided (n. 106);
– Celebrating the Mass in a temple or other sacred place of any non-Christian religion (n. 109); Well duh.
– The suspension of Mass in an arbitrary manner on the pretext of promoting a “fast from the Eucharist” (n. 115);
– The celebration of the Eucharist with common vessels, or others lacking in quality, or devoid of all artistic merit or which are mere containers (n. 117); (Voskoites, and some archbishops are you reading this? )
– The celebration of Mass by a priest without sacred vestments, even when only one minister is participating (n. 126);
– The participation of priests at Mass in the manner of the lay faithful, except in rare and exceptional cases and with reasonable cause (n. 128).

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
8 June 2004

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