[quote=msproule]Not so fast! Apparently, you missed this while perusing the GIRM (emphasis added):278. Whenever a fragment of the host adheres to his fingers, especially after the fraction or the Communion of the faithful, the priest is to wipe his fingers over the paten or, if necessary, wash them…According to the GIRM, it is not an abuse. It is also common sense. Furthermore, if fragments remain on the fingers, the priest cannot wash then in the bathroom sink. So how should he wash them? The traditional means is the ablution cup, so why not use one when the situation calls for it?
Thank you for that work. As I was saying, if it is not in the GIRM it is an abuse as is all the other things done that are not in the GIRM but as you show, it is in the GIRM so it would not be an abuse.
You are correct.
[quote=AltarMan]mspoule is right on point with GIRM #278. That’s first-rate research. Your reductionist thinking on the other hand is dangeously flawed.
First, you had better understand specifically what an “abuse” is when used in the context of the Mass. Allowing someone to cleanse their fingers into order to correctly contain Eucharistic particulate matter would never be an abuse.
I do not agree with this thinking because anyone can then say that what they do is not an abuse because it has not been defined. You are correct this is not an abuse because it appears in the GIRM. If it didn’t then it would be an abuse.
As I said, just beucase someone thinks something is pious does not mean it is not an abuse.
In a more general sense, customs from the Tridentine Mass that are not explicitly forbidden nor suppressed may be continued in the normative Mass in the vernacular. One example is the quick ringing of sanctus bells as the celebrant finishes taking communion when he receives the Precious Blood. This is neither called out in the GIRM, nor is it forbidden or suppressed – so it’s OK to preserve that custom.
Again, if its not in the GIRM it is not to be done. Just becuase something was done in the TLM does not mean that it can, or should, be done in the Mass. That is mixing of rites which I believe is totally forbidden.
There are many things that some people consider “good/pius” yet when they attempt to insert into the Mass they are abusive. That’s not true in this case (even in the absense of GIRM #278.)
Again, I disagree but in this case it doesn’t matter becuase it is in the GIRM.
One last time, if it is not in the GIRM then it shouldn’t be done, there is no ad libbing in the Mass. The Mass belongs to the Church and the Church determines what goes on in it. This is done by the GIRM. To add things that are not in the GIRM is ad libbing and an abuse.