A reader of a famous blog asks whether it is hypocrisy from a so-called “extraordinary minister of holy communion” (I insist in not wanting to memorise the term) to be active in such a function herself, but then always change the line in order for her to be able to receive from the priest.
Yes. Of course she is. There can be no doubt about that.
The woman has (I would say) instinctively recognised that something is off when she receives the Host from a layman. However, it appears the woman doe snot extend this inadequacy to herself. As if it were right to receive from a priest, or from herself, but not from anyone else.
You would think that such a woman would add 2+2 and ask the priest to be exempted from the embarrassment. But she doesn’t.
Now, in the normal world out there there are alot of people who keeps doing something they were asked to do out of a feeling of niceness. Surely, though, this “acting out of niceness” can never extend to something the same person knows to be wrong.
It is wrong that a person receives Holy Communion from the unconsecrated hands of a layman. There is no law saying the distribution of communion must be over in five, or seven, or ten minutes.
I invite once again my readers to always, always insist on receiving from consecrated hands.
Move lines. It’s good if you get noticed.
If you are one of those “extraordinary whatever it is”, stop now. Say to the priest what has to be said. Don’t be a V II nice guy (or nice girl).
The hypocritical woman clearly sees in others what she does not want to see on herself, or else find excuses to avoid act in accordance with what she sees. We can’t condone that.
No doctor ever ordered to be an “extraordinary whatever”. Let us not play with what is most sacred.
Avoid the “extraordinary etc”. Don’t even look at them. Ignore them. They are just not there. They should not be there.