Fellow forum members,
Our newly-appointed pastor recently made the decision to remove the veil from the tabernacle which is used to house the Blessed Sacrament. His reasoning for doing so was that “it is no longer a requirement, and it hinders access to the Blessed Sacrament.” This is only one of the numerous changed he has implemented in his short time here.
Can anyone tell me if current liturgical law allow for, or requires, the use of a tabernacle veil?
My answer would be in the affirmative. *
Eucharisticum Mysterium* (no. 57) states that
Care should be taken that the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle is indicated to the faithful by a tabernacle veil or some other suitable means prescribed by the competent authority.
Inaestimabile Donum (no. 25), states (almost verbatim) that
The presence of the Eucharist is to be indicated by a tabernacle veil or some other suitable means laid down by the competent authority, and a lamp must purpetually burn before it, as a sign of honor paid to the Lord.
Neither of these documents has been abrogated, and nothing in the current Code of Canon Law (promulgated after both of these documents were published) states anything to the contrary.
To my knowledge, the “competent authority” (which I’m assuming to be the bishops’ conference) has never come up with “some other suitable means” that has been approved by a 2/3 vote of the plenary session of bishops and received the required *recognitio *from Rome (which is the requirement to make particular law in the United States).
Thanks in advance for any help!