(Quote) Paul-866591 said:
There are those who oppose the idea of Extraordinary Ministers. That is their problem.
But the main thrust of those posting here is not that but the abuse of their use which exists and exists in far too many cases.
Obviously where there is just a single priest with a large number (and I mean large numbers) of Communicants, EMHCs are necessary. If there is but a single priest and Communion is to be distributed in both forms, , they are necessary. With the shortage of priests, they are obviously necessary to reach the shut-ins.
But when the number of communicants are not overwhelming large, and only the Host is being offered, there is no need for an EMHC, and the use of one is, in that instance, a gross abuse.
In the days before the introduction of EMHCs and the banishment of altar rails from our churches, a single priest had no problem distributing communion to even a fairly large number of people without unduly lengthtening the time of the Mass.
With the silliness of the removal of the tabernacle from the main Altar area to some other location, the use of an EMCH to go to the tabernacle and remove the consecrated hosts from it and bringing them to the altar instead of the priest doing so, is a gross abuse.
EMHCs giving blessings to those who approach for a blessing, is a gross abuse. This is not even allowed under the rubrics for a priest to do, but is an abuse that has become entrenched in the US.
EMCHs dressed in an overly casual manner is a gross abuse.
These are just some of the more obvious abuses that routinely occur.