[quote="adamhovey1988, post:7, topic:447031"]
Because it was not an absolute necessity if you'll read the code of canon law that would have been an act of schism. I will say that if I was somewhere where there was no Catholic church nearby then I probably would have. I could not in good conscience do it.
Well I am of the opinion your act of "good conscience" was more in schism with the Church than if you had received, which was in particular rupture with the authority of Paul VI and the apostolicity of the Syriac Orthodox, but I digress.
Normatively, only the East Syriac (read: Assyrian and Chaldean) Churches give communion in the hand normally, following the prescribed process of St. Cyril of Jerusalem. However, I've seen a Melkite priest do it while doing the Anaphora of St. James for novelty. Additionally, an unfortunate [and "progressive"] practice amongst the Lebanese Maronites has arisen in which they commune people in the hand using lay EMoHC, in addition to subdeacons, who are also often used as EMoHC. Lastly, amongst the Armenian Apostolic there is a very rare usage of communion on the [back of the] hand if an individual is sick so as to not touch the person's saliva.