[quote=Andreas Hofer]His hardline stance is (I believe) actually in support of current canon law, no matter how ridiculous that law might be. I’ve seen the actual norm quoted before, but don’t know how to search canon law/GIRM for it. I had assumed that kneeling was - of course - appropriate but I believe it is actually outlawed in the US because our special exceptions to the GIRM (the bishops have an indult for everything) mandate standing as the normative posture. If anyone can actually find not just the liturgical norm for receiving communion but specifically that in force in the US, that could clear it up.
Even if I’m wrong, I’m willing to give the only bishop not to allow female altar servers the benefit of the doubt (meaning, if he’s so traditional he must have his reasons for this as well).
Norm does not equal canon law, it just means the normative way a rubric is done, but that does not mean a different posture, such as kneeling for communion, is illicit. In fact, the Vatican sent 3 letters to various US bishops on the issue of kneeling for communion, that those who kneel for communion can not be considerd acting in a disobdient manner. Also RS said that a communicant can not be denied communion if he is kneeling.
As for the Bishop of Arlington, in his previous diocese he allowed altar girls, he hasnt made a decsion yet in Arlington, but again, what he has done to Christendom College is unexcusable, I give him no benifit of the doubt what so ever.
I look at it this way, in the liturgical wars that have raged on since the mid 60s, I look at altar girls as t he last major victory in these wars, while the attempt, and yes I do mean attempt to ban kneeling for communion in the US can be seen as the last minor victory.