Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cardinal Cupich: How Vatican II can help us navigate the politics of a pandemic

The nation needs to mourn what—and who—have been lost.

Novena for Pentecost: Day six

Novena for Pentecost: Day six

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If COVID-19 frightens you, you should be terrified by climate change

Physician Assistant Cori Kostick demonstrates the Brigham B-PROTECTED testing booth used to administer tests for COVID-19 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital community testing site in Boston May 5. (CNS/Reuters/Brian Snyder)

If COVID-19 frightens you, you should be terrified by climate change

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'Vos Estis' at one year: Some question pope's process for investigating bishops

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What our readers are surprised to find they miss about church

Coronavirus Mass Guidelines Ignore the Shape of the Liturgy


Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, N.M., gives Communion to a passenger of a vehicle during the Easter Vigil in the parking lot of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces April 11, 2020. (CNS photo/courtesy David McNamara, Diocese of Las Cruces)
If your church is reopening during the pandemic, what will liturgy look like? Well, everybody in the congregation will wear masks and sit far apart. There will be little or no singing, and big screens may take the place of printed programs. And, if the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship (BCDW) at the USCCB has anything to say about it, you won’t get Communion until after Mass is over.
Yes, you heard that right. The guidelines [1] sent out to all the bishops of the United States by Archbishop Leonard Blair, chair of the BCDW, recommend, as their preferred option, that people be given Communion at a Communion service after Mass rather than during the Mass itself.
Why not distribute Communion at Mass? The reason stated is that even though having the priest wear a mask would be safer for the distribution of Communion, “the Mass is imbued with powerful sacramental and liturgical symbolism. Wearing a mask…would be a detrimental counter-sign in this context.” In other words, they don’t want the priest to wear a mask at any time during the Mass, but they do want him to wear a mask to distribute Communion. So, rather than have him don a mask for the Communion Rite, they recommend taking Communion out of the Mass altogether.
This is, in a word, ridiculous.

Men dominated Jane Roe the way they dominate abortion rights