The Church cannot deny Communion to the faithful

Dear Editor, The shortage of priests, already a reality, is no excuse for denying the Sacrament of Holy Communion to the faithful. Indeed the Code of Canon Law seems clear (Canon 918). It is most strongly recommended that the faithful receive Holy Communion in the course of a Eucharistic celebration. If, however, for good reason they ask for it apart from the Mass, it is to be administered to them, observing the liturgical rites.

When weekday Mass is no longer available, the celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours or Services of the Word are to be commended, but not as some sort of substitute for the daily reception of the Sacrament of Holy Communion to which the faithful who lawfully request it have a right.

We can only hope and pray that our bishops will keep the pastoral care of the faithful in mind, and especially the elderly and infirm, many of whom have been daily communicants, and not be swayed unduly by their liturgical advisers.

Yours etc.,

Fr Paddy Gleeson,

Catholic Chaplaincy,

Trinity College,

Dublin 2