THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Cardinal Arinze explains that faithful Catholics need not fear, nor do they need to obey the United States Bishops on the regulations concerning how to receive communion. Currently, the U.S. Bishops have legislated that the "normative way" for Catholics to receive communion is in the hand while standing. The official word from Rome is this...
- Bishop conferences do have the authority to legislate "normative ways" for receiving communion.
- But the lay faithful are not obligated to obey them if they don't want to.
- Lay faithful may receive communion in the hand or on the tongue, and they may do so while standing or kneeling.
- No priest or bishop has the authority to deny communion to anyone based on the way they choose to receive communion.
The point I'm trying to make here is this. If you're afraid to do things the "old fashioned way" (such as kneel, receive communion on the tongue, or wear a chapel veil), the only thing stopping you is yourself. Your limitations are constructs of your own mind. Granted, you may not have put them there. They may be the product of 40 years of bullying by liberal modernists in the Church, but they are just mental constructs none the less. They're as easy to overcome as just ignoring them. I did. I did it in the most liberal parish in town, and it worked just fine. Maybe you should give it a try too. In addition to that, it's nice to know the Vatican backs you on things such as this.