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"I am a subscriber and I remember some months back there was in one of your issues a write up to explain why the administration of Holy Eucharist by females is not acceptable. The article contained a number of references to back up the stand of the writer. Can you help me locate the article in question?"

 

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Thank you for your note & for being a subscriber. Unfortunately, I cannot find the specific article you are referring to, but the information you are looking is probably contained in the following articles... (click links to view)

* Lay 'Eucharistic Ministers': Why Not?

* Communion in the Hand: Why Not?

* Communion Under Both Species: Is it Required?

* Top Reasons Why Women Can't Be Priests

If these are not what you are looking for, you can try the newsletter archive here to see if you can locate the specific issue of the newsletter.

Also, please note that we hold the traditional position of the Church that NO lay persons (whether male or female) should handle the Holy Eucharist (except in cases of grave necessity – e.g. to prevent profanation). This is consistent with what the Church has always held...

"It must be taught, then, that to priests alone has been given power to consecrate and administer to the faithful, the Holy Eucharist. That this has been the unvarying practice of the Church, that the faithful should receive the Sacrament from the priests, and that the officiating priests should communicate themselves, has been explained by the holy Council of Trent, which has also shown that this practice, as having proceeded from Apostolic tradition, is to be religiously retained, particularly as Christ the Lord has left us an illustrious example thereof, having consecrated His own most sacred body, and given it to the Apostles with His own hands." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)

Did you know? Those wishing to avoid harmful post-Vatican II novelties may, thanks be to God, still lawfully attend the Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try here.


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