Please read from beginning to end. The only words which are my own (besides these) are the bolded words at the end.
Originally Posted by FrDavid96 View Post
Yes, I agree that it is quite natural for people to assume that what is published on the USCCB website is the approved ritual of the Church--I said as much in my very first response to you.
But still, you keep saying that "the bishops approved this" and I'm simply pointing-out to you that that statment is not true--it's not a true fact, but it is what you were led to believe. The bishops did not approve it--they can only suggest changes, which must ultimately be approved by Rome. That means that if there was a vote by the bishops, such a vote would have to have been submitted to Rome for approval, and this obviously did not happen. Someone (and I don't know who, but I do know it was not "the bishops") took the text and altered it. I don't know who that someone was, but I know that it was not the Conference of Bishops because if that happened, the Book of Blessings would have to be re-printed (in part or in whole)--since it alters the text which Rome already approved.
The text doesn't have the weight of authority of the USCCB--even though it might be presented in that way by whoever composed the webpage. Is this misleading? In my opinion, absolutely yes.
I don't think you're being contentious here--I do think you're being misled, and that's what I'm trying to address.
Let me give an example. Let's say that I print in my parish bulletin that the USCCB guidelines for Communion say that from now on, Communion in the hand is forbidden. People might read that and easily come to the conclusion that it can't be done anymore. But the fact that it's printed in the bulletin doesn't mean that the bishops have actually done this. No matter how many people read the bulletin and say "the bishops say we can't do it", that still doesn't change the objective fact that the bishops never actually voted on this. That's precisely what we see happening with this webpage.
*So then would it be of grave matter to clap during Mass when everyone else is clapping or to not bring this up to the priest of my parish and or the Bishop of my diocese? *