Monday, 15 December 2008

Cardinal Cañizares on Holy Communion

Reading Jane at My heart was restless, I came across a link to this story at Rorate Caeli about an interview given by Cardinal Cañizares Llovera to the Spanish paper La Razón. Here is a link to the full interview (in Spanish). Rorate Caeli has translated a part of the interview:
[La Razón:] Nevertheless, Benedict XVI has reiterated in some instances the propriety of receiving communion kneeling and in the mouth. Is it something important, or is it a mere matter of form?

[Cañizares:] - No, it is not just a matter of form. What does it mean to receive communion in the mouth? What does it mean to kneel before the Most Holy Sacrament? What dies it mean to kneel during the consecration at Mass? It means adoration, it means recognizing the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist; it means respect and an attitude of faith of a man who prostrates before God because he knows that everything comes from Him, and we feel speechless, dumbfounded, before the wondrousness, his goodness, and his mercy. That is why it is not the same to place the hand, and to receive communion in any fashion, than doing it in a respectful way; it is not the same to receive communion kneeling or standing up, because all these signs indicate a profound meaning. What we have to grasp is that profound attitude of the man who prostrates himself before God, and that is what the Pope wants.
Many people have suggested to me that the rumours of Archbishop Ranjith's departure from the Congregation for Divine Worship have arisen because he has been so outspoken on things like Communion in the hand and kneeling. It seems that now, even if he does go to Colombo, the line will be held even more strongly at the Congregation.

I do enjoy reading articles in Google's translator and this one had a gem.
Posee la poco común capacidad de aunar, cuando habla, la firmeza con la caridad, encarnando el epigrama latino de «suave en el fondo y firme en la forma».
is rendered as
Possesses the rare ability to combine, when he speaks, the firmness with love, embodying the Latin epigram "soft on the bottom and firm on the way."
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