While researching an unrelated topic… I stumbled across this.
I don’t consider myself a “Traditional Catholic,” but rather a “conservative Catholic with traditional leanings.” But in any event, I found this and I am somewhat bewildered by these quotes in comparison to our current Liturgy of the Eucharist. Could anyone square these quotes away with what is practiced today?
ST. SIXTUS I (115-125). Prohibited the faithful from even
touching the Sacred Vessels: “Statutum est ut sacra vasa non ab aliis
quam a sacratis Dominoque dicatis contrectentur hominibus…” [It has
been decreed that the Sacred Vessels are not to be handled by others
than by those consecrated and dedicated to the Lord.]
ST. BASIL THE GREAT, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (330-379). "The right
to receive Holy Communion in the hand is permitted only in time of
persecution." St. Basil considered Communion in the hand so irregular
that he did not hesitate to consider it a grave fault.
COUNCIL OF SARAGOSSA (380). It was decided to punish with
EXCOMMUNICATION anyone who dared to continue the practice of Holy
Communion in the hand. The Synod of Toledo confirmed this decree.
POPE ST. LEO I THE GREAT (440-461). Energetically defended and
required faithful obedience to the practice of administering Holy
Communion on the tongue of the faithful.
SYNOD OF ROUEN (650). Condemned Communion in the hand to halt
widespread abuses that occurred from this practice, and as a safeguard
SIXTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL, AT CONSTANTINOPLE (680-681). Forbade the
faithful to take the Sacred Host in their hand, threatening the
transgressors with excommunication.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (1225-1274). "Out of reverence towards this
sacrament [the Holy Eucharist], nothing touches it, but what is
consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and
likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this sacrament." (Summa
Theologica, Pars III, Q. 82, Art. 3, Rep. Obj. 8)
COUNCIL OF TRENT (1545-1565). "The fact that only the priest
gives Holy Communion with his consecrated hands is an Apostolic
POPE PAUL VI (1963-1978). "This method [on the tongue] must
be retained." (Apostolic Epistle “Memoriale Domini”)
POPE JOHN PAUL II (1978-2005). "To touch the sacred species
and to distribute them with their own hands is a privilege of the ordained
(Dominicae Cenae, sec. 11)." “It is not permitted that the faithful should
themselves pick up the consecrated bread and the sacred chalice, still less
that they should hand them from one to another” (Inaestimabile Donum, April
17, 1980, sec. 9)."
These seem like pretty reliable quotes and citations. Here is the website: traditio.com/lib.htm
It seems to me that some pretty important figures in Church history vehemently condemned this practice. Even Paul VI and John Paul II!!! Given what I have read, why do we practice this?