“The Eucharist Is Not A Weapon”

Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, at Dating God: “The Eucharist is not a weapon.”


  1. His remarks about indults are right on the money.

    How many people now remember that the original permission to use the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children was ad experimentum for a period of (only) three years from 1974. At the end of that period, the permission was neither rescinded nor extended, and people simply carried on using the Prayers, right up to this day.

  2. Fr. Horan: That the bishops of Phoenix and Madison, and anyone who in the future tries to use a similar justification for curbing access to Holy Communion under both species, are using this purification-of-vessels matter as the rationalization for restricting or refusing the Eucharist is a scandal in itself.

    I disagree with Fr. Horan given the priestly prayer associated with ablution. The prayer quod ore sumpsimus is sacerdotal, even if a deacon (or in extremis an acolyte) perfoms ablutions. Should all who ablute vessels recite the quod ore sumpsimus? Perhaps the entire congregation should recite this prayer out loud? Also, should the laity who have served as EMHCs place their digits over a cup and receive a water ablution from a server?

    The restriction of quod ore sumpsimus to the priest-celebrant recognizes his instrumental role in the Holy Sacrifice. The sacerdotal thanksgiving for receiving Holy Communion completes the Mass. The dilution of sacerdotal prayer could be viewed as a dilution of the union between sacrifice and eucharist. Since I do not subscribe to the semiotic “sign-value” school of eucharistic praxis, I support intinction as it solves the question of ablution in many cases. One non-commingled cup is often necessary for certain communicants who have difficulty consuming the Host. Both a single cup or an intinction ciborium can be abluted by a priest in reasonable time.

    Lay absolution must be considered in light of sacerdotal prayer. If the unity between the Mass and the priestly act of ablution is severed, it should be severed for logically consistent reasons. Lay participation in the administration of the Sacrament does not necessarily confer the prayers and charism of the presbyterate. Importantly, lay ablution should not be proposed simply for the sake of lay inclusion in the Mass. This is a “creeping clericalization” that blurs the line between the priestly and lay roles in the Mass.

  3. Lay absolution must be considered in light of sacerdotal prayer.

    Certainly, this should be ablution. Freudian slip, perhaps?

    I respect confessors for their pastoral service. I am grateful for the grace of Confession. However, my inability to give even competent routine advice such as street directions demonstrates yet again why I have no vocation to the clergy.

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