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By Leila Marie Lawler (articles ) | May 27, 2004

Minidoc's comment below gave me an idea!

The dilemma, as I understand it, is that on the one hand irenic clergy are unwilling to tread on the sensitive consciences of the rainbow sisterhood this Pentacost by refusing them communion. In addition, they are afraid perhaps of creating more of a ruckus by turning dissidents away than by simply letting them do what they want to do.

On the other hand, even to our wimpy lot, it's worrisome to think of the possibility, however remote, that folks who wear the sashes may intend sacrilege -- that their outward garb is a sign of an inward posture incompatible with the reception of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord. Leave aside the fact that this posture isn't so much of a hidden ambiguity as a published --even trumpeted -- reality.

Well, here's the solution: just this one Sunday (not as a regular thing of course, no) the bishops should direct the faithful to receive communion kneeling! Everyone kneel! Make an outward demonstration of reverence, awe, humility, and respect! It's okay, just this once, to kneel right there in the aisle. Hey, if you're kneeling, you can receive!

Think of the mindset of the multi-colorful ones. Would their bitterness, scorn, spitefulness, and anger allow them to kneel, or would they turn away or, maybe, just maybe, even repent?

I know this could work! This is the peaceful nonconfrontational way to show the world what we really believe; to give an unmistakable outward sign of an inward reality.

This is it! Bishops? bishops? anyone? bi...

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  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2004 1:54 PM ET USA

    The bishops at the November USCCB meeting have been refusing Communion to the sash people for at least three years. An announcement is made beore Mass that those wearing protest garb will not receive Communion, and the tallest priest there (from Detroit) gives each a blessing as he approaches There's nothing new here, and it was apparently done with the approval of USCCB.

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2004 11:37 AM ET USA

    Yes -- that's brilliant -- if you acknowledge the majesty of God by kneeling before Him -- that becomes the louder public statement. Problem is -- some of the rainbow types would kneel and receive -- still unnaceptable. -- Best of all worlds is to require half the faithful to receive kneeling -- the other half to guard the door! -- Do this twice and end it.

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2004 10:52 AM ET USA

    This has been a test of the Emergency Canonical Penalty Broadcast System. In the event of a real emergency, you would have been instructed where to go to receive a canonical remedy from your Bishop. In the event that your local Bishop is unable to respond due to a pending vacation in the Hamptons, judicial proceedings or a Rainbow Sash dialogue meeting, you will be given the contact information for an orthodox Bishops in your country of origin. Thank you and have a nice afterlife.

  • Posted by: Sterling - May. 27, 2004 10:33 AM ET USA

    I'd like to propose a different solution, since the laity has more backbone oftimes than bishops and priests. Sit in the pews for a while at communion and if rainbow sashers are given communion, don't receive. (Make a sacrifice and attend a 2nd mass elsewher that day.) Then do not attend that parish for at least a month, and do not contribute to it for at least the same period. This too would work, if the faithful among the laity could discipline itself to act en masse.