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Friday, October 17, 2014

BREAKING: Ft. Worth Diocese (Bishop Olson) Uses Ebola Scare to Ban Communion on the Tongue

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BREAKING: Ft. Worth Diocese (Bishop Olson) Uses Ebola Scare to Ban Communion on the Tongue

The Diocese of Ft. Worth is apparently the first in the U.S. to forbid the distributing of Holy Communion on the tongue, citing fears of Ebola. This news has now made national headlines. Interestingly, the neighboring Archdiocese of Dallas, where a confirmed case of Ebola has actually been established, has no such policy at this time.

If readers will remember, the bishop of Ft. Worth is none other than Bishop Michael Olson; the same Bishop Olson who forbade the Traditional Mass on the Campus of Fisher-More College in part, “for the sake of the President’s soul.” Learn more about Bishop Olson’s questionable theology HERE complete with video.

The letter from the Diocese of Ft. Worth directs that “Holy Communion is only to be given in the species of the consecrated bread by hand.” But is a bishop allowed to deny his faithful their right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue? It appears not.

A 2009 Letter from The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, responding to a lay Catholic in Britain whose diocese had banned reception on the tongue due to H1N1 concerns, explicitly affirmed that “each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue,” citing the 2004 instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum. Thus, it appears that the Diocese of Ft. Worth’s “adaptations” are not just silly, but illicit.

And if any priest in the Ft. Worth Diocese should think of defying these “adaptations,” let us remember what happened to the FSSP after they defied a similar decree of Bishop Collins in Toronto. As Fr. Rostand, SSPX, stated in a 2010 Remnant interview:

…The sad examples of all those who have made a “deal” with Rome on a canonical level, without resolving the doctrinal issues first—are daily lessons for us. You have the case of what just recently happened in Toronto, Canada. I do not have the details of why the Fraternity of Saint Peter has been forced to stop its apostolate there. If the information I have received is correct, Bishop Thomas Collins did not appreciate that the Fraternity had not obeyed his order to distribute communion in the hand because of the H1N1 flu virus. Whatever the reasons are, we see on many occasions that the bishops are putting obstacles to the Latin Mass, and even more so to the practice and teaching of anything Traditional. They are using their power to obstruct Tradition. Being aware of this, it would be suicide for us not to have a strong and efficient support from Rome to face the bishops. And I believe we are not there at this point.

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