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Looking at the Document

  /   Sunday June 20, 2004  

I finally got my copy of Redemptionis Sacramentum from my local Catholic bookstore. I haven’t gone through the paper copy yet, but I found some important citings in the document.

1. Article 107 suggests that people who pour the Blood of Christ into the sacrarium are subject to excommunication reserved to the Holy See. I know that this happens in places.

2. Article 104 addresses something that has long bugged me. It clearly states that self-intinction is prohibited (contrary to what some priest once told me), as is receiving by intinction on the hand. I know of one local parish where a number of people regularly do this. Article 173 refers to this practice as “grave matter.”

I’ve also heard rumors that some will wait until a later time or until “the U.S. bishops have met” to “implement” the document. The Holy See has said:

This Instruction, prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was approved by the same Pontiff on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2004, and he ordered it to be published and to be observed immediately by all concerned. (emphasis mine)

Like I’ve said earlier, it’s great, but I am not optimistic about its enforcement. It would have been totally unnecessary if our bishops and the Vatican had enforced what they’ve already written.

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