\ In the first 1969+ years of the Church, a lay person was never allowed to handle the sacred hosts (or the precious blood).\
**This statement is historically untrue.
Amongst other examples I can give, St. Claire herself grabbed the Holy Eucharist from the Tabernacle when their convent was being attacked and marched out with it to face the attackers, exhorting her companions, "Have no fear, sisters, but trust in Jesus."**
\Rather than question the poster's motives for being an EMHC, we should be attempting to answer the question; Is there a Church document that provides instruction on how handicapped people may receive during Mass?\
As a general rule, the Church only gives general rules, especially lately. Not everything has always been micromanged and minutely prescribed, as much as some people think or wish. If a man has enough sense to be a priest, don't you think he has enough sense to know how to accomodate handicapped people in the nave who wish to receive the Holy Mysteries?
||And quite likely there were fewer people with disabilities who were present in the church and might need for the priest to step outside the sanctuary. Today people in wheelchairs aren't hidden away at home but are accepted and accommodated in society. In addition, churches being built or remodeled now are more accessible to those in wheelchairs or using walkers.||
VERY good point! :thumbsup: