This really ruined my day...for days now and counting...
If you don't know this story yet, Abp. Andre Richard gave Holy Communion in the HAND to a non-Catholic, Prime Minister Stephen Harper! Canon Ed Peters, father of American Papist, Thomas Peters, has this to say....
Video tape shows Abp. Andre Richard (Moncton, New Brunswick) giving holy Communion to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a state funeral. It is, of course, inconceivable that Richard did not know that Harper is an evangelical Protestant. [yeah. If he does say that he does not know, I'll tell the archbishop..."Your Grace, tell it to the marines!"] Obviously unsure what to do, Harper apparently slipped the Host into his pocket (!), and his office has not said what he eventually did with It. [Another reason why Communion in the Hand must be stopped!]
For this grave blunder, however, I do not tend to hold Harper responsible, though he might have been poorly advised by his protocol staff. Rather, I look to the archbishop who, as the chief presider over the Eucharist in his local Church (1983 CIC 389) and as the one charged with upholding ecclesiastical laws and sacramental discipline (1983 CIC 392), should have known better.
In any case, I hope his Excellency's office is vigorously pursuing the question as to what happened to the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord last seen headed toward a politician's pocket.
Update: Sources say Harper consumed the Host, some claiming right away, others, just after Mass when he asked a Catholic what to do with it. Either way, the PM's decorum is commendable. Now, about Catholics putting Protestants in such positions to begin with . . .
Are we even sure that Harper consumed It. If he did, he consumed It unworthily as someone who does not believe in the Real Presence. Harper should have just returned the Host to the archbishop or to any priest present. What has the archbishop to do about this sacrilege? What will Rome do about this?