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Philippine Bishops Defend Mass Sacrilege in Manila
Once Again the Evil of Communion in the Hand Is Apparent

by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 28, 2015

Pope Paul VI’s disastrous concession to the evil of Communion in the hand is one of the innumerable signs of the “diabolical disorientation” (Sister Lucia of Fatima) that has afflicted the Church since 1960 — the very year the Third Secret predicting that very disorientation was to be released.

In the instruction Memoriale Domini (1969), the now defunct Congregation for Divine Worship responded to the efforts of rebellious priests and bishops in the Netherlands and other places to introduce the abuse of Communion in the hand.  The document noted that a survey of the world episcopate had shown overwhelming opposition to the change, that the Holy Father had “decided not to change the existing way of administering holy Communion to the faithful,” and that “the Apostolic See therefore emphatically urges bishops, priests and laity to obey carefully the law which is still valid and which has again been confirmed.”

Yes, Communion on the tongue was in 1969, and still is today, the law of the Church. But while affirming Church law, Memoriale Domini allowed a soon-to-be-ruinous exception for the abuse of Communion in the hand in those places where it had already been “established” by disobedience and rebellion. The opening of the floodgates produced a flood, with episcopal conference after episcopal conference “establishing” the abuse and receiving permission for it from Rome.

Today, of course, the exception is the rule and the Church’s law has been forgotten outside of traditional Latin Mass communities and a few Novus Ordo parishes.  And so, during the Pope’s just-concluded trip to the Philippines, we witnessed in Manila the unspeakable sacrilege of members of the “congregation” of six million grabbing consecrated Hosts and passing them back over their heads to others, as the Hosts became soaked with rain or fell into the mud to be trampled under foot.  There were also reports of Hosts being broken into pieces by the recipients so they could be shared with multiple "communicants".

One thing and one thing only has made such scandals possible: Communion in the hand, the very thing the Protestant “reformers” demanded in order to deny the Real Presence and the sacredness of the priestly ministry.  Yet the Philippine Bishops’ Conference had the supreme audacity not only to admit that the scandal had occurred, but to defend it as necessary due to “extraordinary circumstances.”

But there are no “extraordinary circumstances” that justify the sacrilegious abuse of the Body of Christ, especially on such a massive scandal — demonstrating once again that these vast outdoor “papal Masses” are in themselves an abuse that should be eliminated. At the very least Holy Communion at these events should be limited to those in the immediate proximity of the altar, with Communion required to be received on the tongue.

In Memoriale Domini, the very document that opened the way to this horror, we read that Communion on the tongue “ensures, more effectively, that Holy Communion is distributed with the proper respect, decorum and dignity” and that it “removes the danger of profanation of the sacred species, in which ‘in a unique way, Christ, God and man, is present whole and entire, substantially and continually.’ Lastly, it ensures that diligent carefulness about the fragments of consecrated bread which the Church has always recommended…” 

The practice of Communion on the tongue follows necessarily from the dogma of the Real Presence itself. As the Council of Trent declared infallibly, repeating the constant teaching of the Church: “by the consecration of the bread and of the wine, a conversion is made of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord, and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of His blood; which conversion is, by the holy Catholic Church, suitably and properly called Transubstantiation.”

But through a change of practice via Communion in the hand, that teaching has been forgotten — along with everything else pertaining to Tradition that has dropped into the memory hole created in the name of an ill-starred Council that some still dare to call a “renewal.” As the Eucharistic Lord is routinely manhandled by lay people and even trampled under foot at “papal Masses,” the climax of the Third Secret of Fatima (describing apostasy in the Church in our time) must be approaching if indeed it is not already upon us.