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A while back on a Catholic Answers Live broadcast the topic of lay persons giving Communion at Mass. I apologize because I don't remember what date the episode aired (I listened to it via a podcast) and I don't know who the guest was. The guest mentioned a document the US Conference of Bishops wrote concerning lay persons giving Communion. Part of the document said lay persons who are male should serve first and if none are available, then women can serve.
Does anyone know what document this refers to? I know I don't have a lot of details (I don't know which broadcast this was, who the guest was and what the document's name is), but I am hoping someone knows what I am talking about...
The original document from 1973 allowing lay people to distribute Communion did list an order of preference:
IMMENSAE CARITATIS—On Facilitating Reception Of Communion In Certain CircumstancesI. Local Ordinaries possess the faculty enabling them to permit fit persons, each chosen by name as a special minister, in a given instance or for a set period or even permanently, to give communion to themselves and others of the faithful and to carry it to the sick residing at home:
a. whenever no priest, deacon, or acolyte is available; (so the acolyte is the first in line to be an EMCH)
b. whenever the same ministers are impeded from administering communion because of another pastoral ministry, ill-health, or old age;
c. whenever the number of faithful wishing to receive communion is so great that the celebration of Mass or the giving of communion outside Mass would take too long.
II. The same local Ordinaries possess the faculty of granting individual priests in the course of their ministry the power to appoint, for a given occasion, a fit person to distribute communion in cases of genuine necessity
III. The local Ordinaries also may delegate these faculties to auxiliary bishops, episcopal vicars, and episcopal delegates.
IV. The fit person referred to in nos. I and II will be designated according to the order of this listing (which may be changed at the prudent discretion of the local Ordinary): reader (this refers to an instituted lector since he'd be next after the acolyte who is mentioned in I.a. ), major seminarian, man religious, woman religious, catechist, one of the faithful—a man or a woman.