Someone I know, who attends a campus Mass, sneezed after receiving Our Lord at communion. She pulled out a tissue just in time, but was concerned that there might be particles of the host in it.
After Mass, she asked the priest about it, and he told her that, in such an unusual circumstance, she should go outside and rinse the kleenex into the ground. He assured her that this was the acceptable practice, and not to worry about it.
Believing that he would know more about this than she would, she obeyed him, but felt uneasy about it.
Ever since then, she has felt uneasy about it. She talked to another priest, who reassured her that it was okay. Then, after a while, she still didn’t feel right about it, and went to confession to yet another priest (a seemingly very orthodox one), who told her that what the original priest said was wrong, but that she was forgiven for her part, since she didn’t know the right thing to do.
Here is the problem: she still has a great sorrow over this, and wonders whether or not she should contact her bishop about it, in order for him to correct the priest in question, so that he never does this kind of thing again.
What do you think she should do? Should she contact the Bishop? Or was the first priest correct about what should have been done.
FYI, it is a busy campus, and it would be hard to find a proper place for the procedure that he suggested. There is a park-like area that is much less traveled, and might have sufficed. She chose an area near bushes (but close to a paved sidewalk area) because she thought that it would be less likely that anyone would step there.
Personally, I think the priest should have taken the tissue and have done whatever needed to be done himself.