U.S. bishops and kneeling. (News in Brief: United States).
Washington -- The U.S. bishops' Committee on Liturgy has confirmed that "the only licit posture during the Eucharistic Prayer (or Canon) is kneeling, unless Catholics are prevented on occasion from kneeling due to 'health, lack of space, the large number of people present, or some other good reason.'" This instruction reaffirms that of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) - in the Latin original, Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani (IGMR) - is the detailed document governing the celebration of Mass of the ordinary form of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, and is printed at the start of (GIRM GIRM General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Catholic instruction for Liturgy) ).
However, confusion and conflict have arisen over the posture for receiving Communion. In its newsletter, the Bishops' Committee has prescribed standing unless the bishop of a particular diocese derogates from this norm. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz (born September 6, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lincoln in the U.S. state of Nebraska. He has held that post since 1992. of Lincoln, Nebraska, for example, has "given a derogation The partial repeal of a law, usually by a subsequent act that in some way diminishes its Original Intent or scope.
Derogation is distinguishable from abrogation, which is the total Annulment of a law.
DEROGATION, civil law. so people can kneel if they wish." Some bishops will allow kneeling, but not actively support it, while the Bishop of Lafayette, Ind. has instructed his faithful that they may neither kneel for communion nor even genuflect gen·u·flect
intr.v. gen·u·flect·ed, gen·u·flect·ing, gen·u·flects
1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
2. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel. .
In one distressing situation, the Rector of the Arlington, Virginia Cathedral refused communion to pro-life politician Richard Black because he was kneeling. Then, at the end of Mass, as Black exited the Cathedral with his family, and in the presence of other parishioners, the Rector shouted insults at him.