Ah, bother, here we go again.
I think we can all agree on one thing: the GIRM does not say what postures the laity may take with their hands during the Our Father.
It is an interesting bit of logic that says “Well, in Italy the orans posture is allowed… but it has absolutely no place in the liturgy as far as the laity are concerned, period.” Different GIRM’s for different areas, leaves one to wonder why silence boots directly to no mimicking the priest’s directions as an absolute, when in the universal Church, it is most definitely not an absolute.
And if I may, reductio ad absurdem should be beneath the dignity of any poster.
And I will again reiterate something I said in the past. In law school, in discussing philosophy of law, the professor remarked that in Europe there were two general approaches to law: the Germanic, which says “Whatever is not permitted is prohibited”, and the Mediterranean, which says “Whatever is not prohibited is permitted.”
In the mid 1960’s, holding hands during the Our Father spread rapidly, with it’s apparent locus being the Charismatic Renewal. The orans posture appears to be related also to the Charismatic Renewal, although it did not spread as fast as hand holding. And Rome has been aware for decades of both practices, and sine the introduction of the Ordinary Form of the Mass, has seen fit to remain silent on the matter of what the laity is or is not to do with their hands during the Our Father. Given the report that it is allowed in Italy expressly, and that the GIRM for the US has remained silent with Rome’s knowledge, I would think that the Mediterranean approach to the matter would carry far more weight than the Germanic.
I don’t have a dog in the fight. Both - holding hands and the orans - are done by the majority in my parish, and in most parishes in which I have attended Mass over the years. If the individual next to me in the pew wishes to hold hands, I will do so, out of charity. If they use the orans, I for one am not going to correct them. And if they do not hold hands, I don’t extend mine.
We all need to remember that there are matters which are of extreme importance, such as respect for life, and living peacefully with nations which choose to not live peacefully.
On the scale of 1 to 10, this one - and this thread - do not tip the scales.