President of the Catholic Medical Association Says Hand Communion is More Infectious Than Communion on the Tongue
(Rome) Numerous Episcopal Conferences around the world, including those of the German-speaking area, have forcibly introduced [sacrilegious] hand Communion in Novus Ordo. They justify this with protective measures against the Coronavirus. This is contradicted by the President of the Association of Catholic Doctors, Prof. Filippo Maria Boscia.
The usefulness of state radical measures is increasingly being discussed. The same applies to the proportionality of episcopal requirements, which have been made a condition for the re-opening of public Masses.
The doubts range from a distorted re-discovery of the Ostiarian [Porter] to the registration requirement and disinfection, to masks in the sanctuary. Concerns revolve not least from a climate of fear and insecurity that is fostered by this, with which the Church runs the risk of dragging fearsome people even deeper into a spiral of fear, instead of using reason and moderation to correct the out-of-control standards.
At the centre of the criticism, however, is the compulsion to communion in the hand, which was decreed by the bishops. Over the past 50 years, there has been a real re-education in the German-speaking area when it comes to receiving communion. In 2020, many Catholics no longer know that the proper form of Communion is on the tongue. Hand Communion is only a tolerated exception, which was at first initiated by the German bishops against the Holy See with open arrogance, similar to what is happening today with de facto recognition of divorce, second marriage, intercommunion and the blessings of aberrosexuals. The result is numerous sacrileges and disturbing scenes, such as the Requiem for Bishop Kurt Krenn in 2014 in the Cathedral of St. Pölten when a believer knelt down to receive Communion, and the priest who was dispensing Communion told her not to "flaunt herself".
Under the pretext of the Corona crisis, the bishops made a formally tolerated exception a compulsion and completely got rid of the normative form of receiving Communion. If there is a lack of understanding among the faithful, it is because the clergy have already lacked it. The Church is understood hierarchically, which is why the crises start from above, not from below.
Prof. Filippo Maria Boscia, President of the Association of Catholic Doctors in Italy, disagrees with the bishops. Hand communion is by no means safer, but on the contrary, more contagious, according to the well-known physician.
He was very glad that public Masses were allowed again. It is right and important to protect health. Now, however, a discussion about the distribution of Communion has broken out.
"The problem that worries us all, we doctors first, is the spread of viruses. What is certain is that the hands are the part of the body that is most exposed to viruses because they grasp everything from infected things to money. There are people who are obsessed with the idea being infected and getting sick. I would like to tell you an anecdote about this:
At the beginning of my career, a fellow doctor handed me an elegant fountain pen so that I could sign a certificate. He didn't want it back because I had touched it and he gave to me. Since the situation embarrassed me, I bought him another fountain pen, but he didn't want it either, because it would probably have been touched by many before me and him. So I now had two elegant fountain pens. But he contracted a virus and died, perhaps because he lacked the antibodies."
Now to the question of receiving communion.
"Communion on the tongue is safer than hand Communion. The hands, as I said, touch everything. Hand Communion is therefore definitely more contagious. In Africa, I performed interventions in an operating theatre on a dusty road. No favourable conditions, but no one got sick. It wasn't a risk for these people.'
At the moment, many voices are heard, even the proposal to introduce tweezer Communion from Germany.
"Yes, I read that about the tweezers. Also the proposal to distribute the Consecrated Hosts in small envelopes to take away. Seriously, after the Spanish flu, we continued to practice oral Communion, and it was all the same as before. I think we are crossing the line of common sense. We should not be chasing certain things. Yes, health is important, no question, but no to exaggerations and extravagances. As a doctor, I am convinced that hand Communion is less hygienic and therefore less safe than oral Communion. Apart from that, are we not told every day not to touch everything, to wash our hands, to disinfect, not to let our hands touch the face, the eyes, in the nose? We have to follow some healthy rules that are helpful. We have no fears and speculations, let alone chasing commercial interests."
The so-called Corona deaths in Italy are on average 80 years old. In some countries, even a little older.
"Fragility has always accompanied the last stage of our life, in which our health is more vulnerable. I do not want to go through a court case in terms of the treatment of patients. If I were to make criticisms, I would address them to the families. Many of the dead have died in retirement homes. In many cases, the families have deported their loved ones there. I wonder: Why didn't you keep them with you? At a certain age, people need far more humanity than any treatment. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to outsourcing and hospitalization. In doing so, we have sterilized and standardized the transitional rites, but dehumanized them and thereby lost the sense of compassion for the pietas in the true sense of the word."