Lay ministers of holy Communion should stop offering “blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion” at Mass
Concerns about swine flu have prompted many parishes to discontinue the routine administration of the Precious Blood. Okay, fine.* But there’s another Communion rite practice that should also cease if only out of concerns for public health. This time, however, it’s a practice that (unlike distribution from the Cup) is an abuse per se, namely, that of lay ministers of holy Communion purporting to confer “blessings-in-lieu-of-Communion” on every Tom, Pat, and Harriet who comes up in line.
Read about it here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/05/lay-ministers-of-holy-communion-should.html