Communion on the Tongue and the Coronavirus

The medical, political and economic consequences of the coronavirus continue to occupy the world’s attention.  But as Catholics seeking to understand everything in the light of the Faith, we try above all to consider its religious significance.  Without mentioning him by name, Italian Church historian Roberto de Mattei cites a bishop who denied that coronavirus can be seen as a punishment from God.  But it is precisely as a historian that Prof. de Mattei cites various examples, showing how the Church throughout her history has reacted in a very different way to such crises, interpreting natural catastrophes as manifestations of God’s justice as well as His mercy.
Among the reactions of some members of the hierarchy was that of bishops who were recommending or even requiring that the faithful receive Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue, as a means of preventing the spread of the virus.  But as explained by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who wrote a preface to Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise’s book on Communion in the hand, it is this latter form of receiving that is more conducive to spreading the disease.  Bishop Schneider pointed out that “Communion in the mouth is certainly less dangerous and more hygienic compared to Communion in the hand,” and he described a ban against Communion on the tongue as “unfounded compared to the great health risks of Communion in the hand in the time of a pandemic.” Read More.

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