Texas diocese reacts to swine flu: Communion under one kind, disinfect holy water fonts
In the wake of mounting concern about a swine flu pandemic, Bishop Gregory Aymond of Austin, Texas, has directed that Holy Communion be distributed under one kind and that holy water fonts be disinfected after properly disposing of the holy water.
New Zealand reaction to swine flu: Communion in the hand, under one kind; no sign of peace
In response to the spread of the swine flu, the bishops of New Zealand “have requested that receiving Communion on the tongue, Communion wine from the chalice and shaking hands at the sign of peace at Masses in New Zealand cease,” according to the nation’s Catholic newspaper. In the nation of 4.2 million, there are 13 confirmed cases– and 96 suspected cases– of the disease.
US bishops: No widespread liturgical changes in wake of swine flu
Noting that “the need for the introduction of widespread liturgical adaptations for the prevention of the transmission of influenza in the dioceses of the United States of America is not evident at this time,” the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published answers to ten questions about swine flu and the liturgy.