Thursday, October 23, 2014

GULP Alert: Self-Serve Buffet Communion

Serve your own!

Happened at a Mass for the Franciscan Youth Movement celebrated allegedly by Fr. Rex Cutamora, OFM Cap.

What does the Church say about Holy Communion?

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal says:

160. The priest then takes the paten or ciborium and goes to the communicants, who, as a rule, approach in a procession. The faithful are not permitted to take the consecrated bread or the sacred chalice by themselves and, still less, to hand them from one to another.

The norm for reception of Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States is standing. Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel. Rather, such instances should be addressed pastorally, by providing the faithful with proper catechesis on the reasons for this norm.

The Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum also says:

94. It is not licit for the faithful “to take . . . by themselves . . . and, still less, to hand . . . from one to another” the sacred host or the sacred chalice. Moreover, in this regard, the abuse is to be set aside whereby spouses administer Holy Communion to each other at a Nuptial Mass.
Why is this so?


GIRM 85. Catholic ministers licitly administer the Sacraments only to the Catholic faithful, who likewise receive them licitly only from Catholic ministers, except for those situations for which provision is made in canon 844 §§2, 3, and 4, and canon 861 §2.166 In addition, the conditions comprising canon 844 §4, from which no dispensation can be given, cannot be separated; thus, it is necessary that all of these conditions be present together.

Canon Law states:
Can. 910 §1 The ordinary minister of holy communion is a Bishop, a priest or a deacon. §2 The extraordinary minister of holy communion is an acolyte, or another of Christ's faithful deputed in accordance with can. 230 §3.

With all these Church legislations stated, we invite Fr. Cutamora to explain his side for distributing Communion in such a manner.

We will be waiting.


  1. Kudos for your vigilance. This is a noble effort on your part, but one that in the end is misguided. If the celebrant decides to favor your request with an answer, it will be more shocking than if he doesn't.


    Simply because he knows he can get away with it. Look, if communion can be given to transvestites dressed in a fashion that brazenly mocks nuns and there's not so much as a peep from Rome, this isn't going to cause any ripples either. That is what "Abp." George Niederauer did with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

    Niederauer later made a hollow apology, but was caught on camera evading a question about the group. Nothing was ever done to Niederauer in terms of suspension, much less excommunication.

    That was under the more conservative Benedict XVI, so don't expect anything different with "Who am I to judge?" Francis.

    By the way, at the top you have "affects their lives as a citizen of the Philippines", when "affects their lives as citizens of the Philippines" is correct. Keep up your fight, but don't be deceived by phony "Catholic" leadership.