I have a few very specific questions that I would like to have answered. I am sure they have either been discussed before or have answers out there, I am just looking for specific direction at to where I can search them out or a link to them.
Vessels: Which types of materials are allowed? Specifically, is a glass chalice allowed in the US?
Fraction Rite: How many are allowed, and is the wine to be blessed in the Flagron and then fractionated after blessing?
Purification of the vessels: Are the extraordinary ministers allowed to purify the vessels at all? In the back? any where? What is the exact process if it is delineated, where can I find it and are there any exceptions or alterations allowed BY ROME?
Is a priest allowed to just dip his finger tips into a bowl of holy water to “wash” his hands during mass?
As you can see, they are specific questions, where would you start looking for the correct answers. I am not looking for conjecture or speculation, but specific church teachings.
Thank you and God bless,
(be nice, this is my first post!)
As to question 1, there is language that would indicate that an expensive glass vessel might be permissible (e.g. Waterford crystal). The last I heard, there was a question (dubium) to Rome, and I have not heard that it has been answered. People who read the GIRM and Redemptionis Sacramentum on their own are almost always lacking in training in Canon law, or any law, and tend to read without noticing phrasing that may indicate something other than an absolute. Some of the bishops are treating it as an absolute. Some bishops who are well trained in Canon law, and also orthodox, have questioned Rome over what appears to be some ambiguity, and have had their orthodoxy questioned by some lay people (who appear to not have the word "nuance’ in their dictionary).
As to question 4, I have attended a large number of Masses pre Vatican 2, and since then, and I can probably count on one hand, and not use all my fingers, the number of priests who actually do what most people would call “washing”. Almost to a priest, they do what would be better described as a short rinse of thier fingertips. Rinsing seems to satisfy the directive.