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Cdl. Collins’ small, but very good, point

October 6, 2014

Commenting on the various problems associated with divorced-and-remarried Catholics receiving holy Communion, Toronto Archbishop Thomas Cardinal Collins makes a small but good point (actually, he makes several good points, but I will underline just one): “There are many reasons why a Christian might choose not to receive communion. If there were less pressure for everyone to receive communion, it would be some help to those who are not in a position to do so.”

Just so, as I have argued for some years now! Current ecclesiastical requirements on the Communion fast are at an all-time low. As a result Catholics with guilty or doubtful consciences are left with no way to avoid notice if they do not receive Communion.

The Communion fast should be reformed to require at least three hours of fasting for reception at any Mass that one is required to attend (for most of us, that would be Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation).

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