Those popes who bear the name, "Pius," are the greatest guardians of the Church against heresy. This blog is a watchdog for modernism in the Church. In reality, outside this blog, the members of the board temper their criticisms and opinions with prudence and charity so as to help souls in their journey towards Christ. But sometimes, for the sake of their own sanity, the authors of this blog just need to blow off some steam. The result is Totus Pius.

13 July 2006

MythAnathematizers: Episode III

This week we will discuss Eucharistic Ministers. As usual, we will anathematize three myths regarding this subject.

Myth #1: The Church approves of Eucharistic Ministers.

Incorrect. The Church approves of extraordinary ministers of the Holy Eucharist. These ministers should not be regular or ordinary in any way. In this, the Church is following the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas who in the third part of the Summa Theologiae states that no one whose hands are unconsecrated should be allowed to touch the sacred species of the host except in the case of an emergency when it is necessary for someone else to distribute the sacred species. Yes, the distinction makes a huge difference. We will discuss the implication of this teaching in the next myth.

Myth #1- Anathematized

Myth #2: My parish church is allowed to schedule extraordinary ministers.

If these ministers are scheduled, then they become ordinary. It is against the directives of the Church to schedule extraordinary ministers for Mass. The abuse of this directive has led to extraordinary ministers becoming ordinary ministers and has only contributed to the decline of belief in the Real Presence. After all the priests have been employed in distribution, after all the ordinary ministers (deacons) have been employed in distribution, if more ministers are necessary, an extraordinary minister may be called on to help distribute Holy Communion.

Myth #2- Anathematized

Myth #3- Jesus preached tolerance.

"You brood of vipers." "Get behind me Satan." "It would be better for you if you had never been born." etc, etc, etc. Read the Bible for God's sake.
(I know, but I had too after reading all those comments. This might be a little intolerant-- but it is the Christian thing to do.)

Myth #3- Anathematized


Anonymous said...

It might help if you learned to spell "anathematize."

Anonymous said...


Didn't someone spell 'unsightly' u-n-s-i-t-e-l-y before, too...


Not the brightest bulbs on the porch, are they...?

Just a bunch of teeny, tiny little pansies poncing about in pretend robes...

dean said...

A little charity?
The whole Extraordinary minister thing is being way over used.

Anonymous said...

The correct term is "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion." They are emergency COMMUNION ministers. To say that they are "Eucharistic Ministers" is wrong.

The only Eucharistic Ministers are the priests, in that they are ordained to celebrate the Eucharist.

Now, repeat after me: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. EMHC.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are to be used only if there are one million or more people in the congregation in line for reception of the Sacrament, and only for that particular Mass. Or if the priest is too old or too sick to distribute communion himself. Or if there are not enough ordained ministers (priests and deacons) to help distribute the Precious Blood.

Mary Ann said...

I sometimes attend Mass at a distant parish, run by an order of priests, who do not use EMHC's. Even their professed brother, who is the sacristan, is not an EMHC. And they will only send out both priests to distribute the Eucharist when the church is packed to the brim.

An added benefit of not using EMHCs: more silent time before and after reception to devote exclusively to Him. So what if distribution takes 15 minutes? That's 15 uninterupted minutes in silent adoration. This particular parish does not sign cummunion songs either.

They also don't use altar girls!

RP said...

"After all the priests have been employed in distribution, after all the ordinary ministers (deacons) have been employed in distribution, IF MORE MINISTERS ARE NECESSARY, AN EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER MAY BE CALLED ON to help distribute Holy Communion."

It seems to me that the critical aspect here is in the interpretation of the word, "necessary."

What are the guidelines - who is to say what may be deemed necessary? I believe some priests have become so spoiled (if you will) by the assistance of these "ministers" that they
may have become a little lazy, in a sense shirking what used to be considered their normal duties of distributing Holy Communion to the flock.

By now, there are layer upon layer of difficulties with some of these practices (novelties) which have become ingrained.

frival said...

And then there are also those priests who still pride themselves on running a "quick" Mass. I like it nice, slow and prayerful - this is Mass, not a course in speed reading.

Nick Milne said...

Jeez, how pathetic does one have to be to troll a novelty blog? Not to put a burn on the Popes, here; I just mean that this is not the deadly serious place that it could be.

The anonymous in question needs to re-appraise his or her priorities.

Prophet said...

Amen! We will not repair damage done by a lack of belief in the real presence until we eliminate the excessive use of EMs, most particularly women; the use of alter girls; and raise the standard of dress for Mass. Men should simply not receive the host so causually dressed, particularly in shorts.

Don said...

"If these ministers are scheduled, then they become ordinary."

Not quite. The only ordinary ministers are those who have received Holy Orders (i.e. Deacons, Priests, and Bishops). The frequency by which extraordinary ministers are used does not make them ordinary.

Papa Sanctus Pius X said...


Thanks for the clarification. I meant to say that they would seem to be taking the place of an ordinary or become ordinary in the sense that they frequently serve in this capacity. However, I see how I worded this poorly. Thanks for clearing it up.

Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. said...

I once had the misfortune, before I found a TLM Community in union with our Holy Father, of belonging to a Parish in which the Pastor did not distribute Holy Communion at all. He sat in the "Presidential Chair" while lay people did so. No, he was not handicapped in any way. He was reasonably young and in quite good physical shape (tennis, etc.). My assumption, then and now, was that he was doing his own little bit to undermine the Catholic doctrine of the priesthood.