(Buenos Aires) The Bishop of Santa Rosa in Argentina refuses to allow the faithful to receive the Holy Communion kneeling.
Msgr. Raul Martín is one of the first bishops imposed on Argentina by
Pope Francis after his election. On September 24, 2013, he appointed Father Martín Bishop of Santa Rosa in the state of La Pampa. He comes from the clergy of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, which was headed up to his election as Pope by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
In Santa Rosa, he succeeded Msgr. Mario Aurelio Poli, whom Francis had made his successor as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina two weeks after the conclave.
The faithful of the Diocese of Santa Rosa speak of an "open persecution" of "all priests" who are faithful to the traditional Magisterium of the Church. The Latin church language is to be strangled, and a Holy Mass in the traditional form of the Roman rite would be "even unthinkable". This is clear from a report by faithful to the Spanish-language news site Adelante la fe.
Above all, it is also complained that Bishop Raul Martín "fights" against Communion kneeling on the tongue. "Many men and women, old and young" continue to receive communion in the diocese on their knees. For this they are "ridiculed" by their bishop.
The report includes a video that was taken last Sunday, August 5, when Bishop Raul Martín visited the parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. It reproduces parts of the bishop's sermon. Receiving Communion in the traditional way kneeling and in the tongue has been maintained in this parish to this day. The previous pastor was therefore "banned to another city" by Bishop Martín. The bishop had "visited" the parish in no time. The real purpose of a visit was "not the salvation of the believers," but the purpose of ensuring that "they no longer communicate kneeling."
On the same day he gave the sacrament of Confirmation to children of the parish, "but denied the confirmands communion, as they knelt." The same happened to the Boy Scouts of the parish. He admonished the church choir not to sing Latin, he even accused them of "disobedience".
Disappointed and indignant believers have now addressed a letter to the bishop, expressing their grief at his visit and pointing out that he demands things that "are incompatible with the teaching and the order of the Church."
The doctrine of the Church "is 2,000 years old," the letter says, "it did not come into being in the 60s or 2013, but comes from Our Lord Jesus Christ, who followed all the followers of Saint Peter and all the saints ,”
The Roman Congregation for Worship and the Order of the Sacraments has repeatedly and unequivocally stated that although Holy Communion can take place according to the dispensations of the local Episcopal Conferences, as Paul VI did, it is allowed as the ordinary form of reception of Communion, which continues to be kneeling and on the tongue. Therefore, this actual and therefore most appropriate and dignified reception of Communion should never be denied to the faithful (instruction Redemptionis sacramentum on some things concerning the Most Holy Eucharist to be observed and avoided, n. 90, 2004, note against the refusal of priests dispensing Communion on the tongue to the kneeling faithful, Prot.No .: 1322/02 / L of 1 July 2002).
The faithful of Santa Rosa, but also other faithful who are experiencing similar things, should write to:
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments
Prefect Robert Cardinal Sarah
Secretary: S.Ex. Arthur Roche
Palazzo delle Congregazioni - Piazza Pio XII, 10