In my area, there are many parishes. A few are conservative, others coined more liberal. Over the past few years I have become reacquainted with my faith and are starting to see the differences come to light.
With the recent H1N1 virus, many are being asked to receive on the hand instead of the tongue. The parish I attend is very much traditional, even having a communion rail at the front, in which communion is distributed by kneeling, which is not the norm in the diocese. The majority of parishioners receive on the tongue. There are some in our parish, who when they go to other parishes, will not receive in the hand. In fact, they are in many ways being confrontational about it, saying I refuse to take it in the hand and are stating that they are being “refused” the Eucharist. I see their point about reverence in receiving on the tongue, however, it seems like they are making more of a ruckus than being good Catholics. After all, we are there to worship the Lord and receive him.
This brings up the question of obedience and “honoring thy father”, hence the Bishop who has stated we should receive in the hand for now. While discussing this subject with those on all sides of the issue, a seminarian offered the thought of obedience. His opinion is that we should obey the bishop, as he is obliged to obey his superiors as a seminarian. If he is asked to do something, he should, with the exception of if the issue would cause sin. It was said that there is nothing sinful about receiving on the hand. If the action of receiving on the hand was sinful, then it is a problem. So, the premise lies in sin.