can we really change former decisions?
The Churchmen many times when it suits their program use scriptures to combat change and to readily dismiss the thoughts of the Laity when they wish to dig their heels in and do not want to change. I ask is this another action of the tremendous hubris that has unfortunately become second nature to them or is it also their habit to change thus avoiding confrontation due to a lack of fortitude on their part? There is also a great demand on their part for blind obedience to their interpretation of Church Rubrics, often defended, even against Papal instructions, saying, "This is my diocese. I will make this decision"
Look for example at kneeling and taking communion in the hand. While there are occasions when I do not like Canon Law, seeing it more often than not as men playing God. I mean claiming really demanding that we as the Laity, and their sheep must do this as we are the shepherds, the 'rulers and interpreters of all the rules and it is our decision, just do it, never mind the many scandals that has been perpetrated in the recent history of the Church. I also have been led to believe that Canon Law contains the decisions made at various councils over the years. Is this not so, or are we to obey only those councils our bishop or bishops favor??
Let me go through a variety of decisions. The council of Saragossa confirmed by the Synod of Toledo
"Anyone who dared to continue receiving communion in the hand were to be excommunicated. The Synod of Rouen
"Do not put the Eucharist in the hands of any layman but only in their mouths".
The sixth Ecumenical Council at Constantinople, "Forbade the faithful to take the Sacred Host in their hands threatening transgressors with excommunication.
The Council of Trent "The fact that only the priest gives Holy Communion with his consecrated hands is an Apostolic Tradition".
In more modern times Paul V1th
, "This method on the tongue must be retained"
JP11, "To touch the sacred Species and to distribute Them with their own hands is a privilege for the ordained (Dominicae Senae
It is not permitted that the faithful should themselves pick up the consecrated bread and the sacred chalice. still less that they should hand them from one to another". Inaestiabile Donum
Who cares what anyone tells me. I can receive or act as I want. I am holy enough never mind it is weeks since my last confession.
This is the mindset of many of the Laity. Am I wrong in my observations?
The Council of Trent, " Many cannot make a perfect act of contrition unless external circumstances force it from us. So much for I confess my sins to the Lord. What about sinning unwittingly? Even Genesis says anyone not circumcised
withing eight days has seriously sinned. A child, of eight days, sins, doesn't seem possible but this is God's warning and under the 'fulfilled' law of retaliation, God will be severe at any sin. He will claim His satisfaction at any sin wittingly or unwittingly committed. How many of us the laity sympathise with the use of Birth Control or Abortion? Is this a sin committed wittingly or unwittingly? Answer truthfully at the moment you receive The Sacrament of Holy Communion? Are you worthy or unworthy?
Of course our priest are so tired at giving Holy Communion to so many at mass. They need help