Thursday, September 1, 2011
A Common Legacy of Disobedience
What do Altar Girls and Communion in the Hand have in common?
Both practices were already being done illicitly and without permission before permissions were granted to do either.
Communion in the hand is now permitted by way of an indult. It is not the norm of the Church and the indult can be revoked at any time.
Altar girls are currently permitted at the discretion of diocesan bishops. No bishop can be forced to permit altar girls.
Perhaps more pertinent, no one among the laity has the right to practice any liturgical function. In all cases where the laity are involved, it is by permission.
A few links on this topic:
The Question of Altar Girls Revisted
The 1994 statement permitting girl servers was a mistaken tactical retreat which led to a fall in priestly vocations. It’s time to withdraw it .
Canon Law and Altar Girls
Should the infamous “altar girl” decision be reversed? Fr. Z Opines
WHY BE SO RIGID WHEN THE POPE AND THE VATICAN ARE NOT WHEN IT COMES TO ALTAR GIRLS?