I spoke with a woman who said that the priest at her former parish has ordered parishioners to fast three hours before Communion because he doesn’t believe that people were taking Eucharist seriously enough. This is hearsay, not anything I heard or read directly from the priest, so she may have been embellishing with the word “requirement.”
I understand that the 3-hour fast is an older tradition no longer imposed on Catholics but something we may do voluntarily. Does a priest have the authority to make it a requirement at his parish? I’m not outraged - just curious.