**The original question steems from a personal preference to receive Jesus on the tongue and kneeling.
His pastor accused him of doing so out of personal pride. He is requesting impute as what other Catholic do and why?**
We aren’t talking about the fact that you have a preference for kneeling and receiving on the tongue, but rather the fact that you refuse assent to the Church’s teaching on the matter.
The Church teaches that we may receive standing (that it is the norm in the US), and that we may receive on the hand (i.e., there is nothing theologically prohibiting it).
The US Bishops have set the norm for standing-- but you refuse (even though you can’t be refused Communion, there is still an act of rejecting the US norms) And, when the Bishop asked everyone to receive on the hand for a couple of weekends, you actively refused.
So, if the Church teaches it’s not wrong, and the Church has authority over us to make the rules of posture and asks us to be obedient to them, as yourself why you refuse. Is it because you are convinced that the Church is wrong and you are right?
Don’t get caught up in whether or not it’s technically allowed or whether or not it’s “better” or “worse,” but focus on the fact that the Church teaches it is not wrong to stand and it is not wrong to receive in the hand. Are you willing to submit to the Church’s assessment of this matter?
If not, I’d say this could boil down to pride.
I would not make a scene at mass in order to get my way, that… to me… does seem prideful.
**Friend, I respectfully disagree with all you have posted above for the following reasons.
Were you aware that the Norm for the world wide RCC is still to receive our Blessed Lord and Savior on our tongue?
We are “standing” because in direct and deliberate disobedience by America’s Bishops [all who promoted this falsehood as a “mandate of Vatican II.”] Communion rails were ripped out and not included in new “Gathering Spaces; which is the official language for what we used to call churches, by America Bishops. It is NOT, nor was it ever a requirement of Vatican II.
Bishops either knew this or should have known this. Nor was this action pre-approved by Rome, nor was Romes Opinion even sought until AFTER it had become an already “common practice.” And this was but the first step in remaking the American RCC basic understanding of who and what we are. What our role is to be, and what God’s role is to be.
This practice changes fundamentally the theology of how we receive our Lord, and the intrinsic relationship we have with Him on a most personal basis. The results have been nothing shot of disastrous for the Church in America. The number of practicing Catholics has gone from about 73% to 23%, the number actually going to Confession even once a year, from about 70% to less than 10%. And these are just two dismal testimonies of the effects of no-longer being focused on God, but on ourselves.
One can see from the example of Pope Benedict that Rome has a clear and specific preference for receiving kneeling and on the tongue. Returning to a MORE GOD focused, less “we are THE church” focus which has like poison Ivy, spread rapidly and caused GREAT havoc and harm to Christ Church.
There is, short of Baptism, nothing a Catholic can do that is of GREATER significance than to receive our Blessed Lord, really Jesus Christ Himself, in a physical manner that gives clear visual evidence of what we are doing, whom we are receiving, and how very much we actually believe what we practice, in our minds and hearts.
Today NO Mass is very much “us centered” and far less God centered. Until that changes, we shall never see true growth again in the RCC in America.
How one chooses to receive their God, is the most important, and the most personal decision a Catholic can make. This decision is so important, that it should make based on what feels in their mind and heart, is the right thing to do.
One does a huge disservice by casting this in the light of “obedience to ones Bishop.” No I am not suggestion one should be deliberately, rather one MUST do what feels called by God to do.
Peter said, “as for me, I will obey my God” and so should we.
Respectfully yours in Christ