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Kneeling down for Communion
Question from Anonymous on 02-03-2015:
Can a priest prohibit congregants from kneeling down to receive Communion? If not, what should one as a layperson do if a priest insists he stand to receive Communion?
Answer by Catholic Answers on 02-05-2015:
Anonymous--

No, a priest cannot prohibit congregants from kneeling to receive Communion. But a congregant should ask himself if it is worth fighting with a priest to kneel to receive Communion. Does it really honor God to refuse to accept direction from a priest, even when the direction may be ill-advised or imprudent but is not sinful? Is causing a ruckus in the Communion line each and every time one goes to Communion helpful, or does it scandalize other congregants and make matters worse in the parish?

Just because you have the right to do something does not make it always prudent to insist upon your rights. Sometimes it can be more humble and more honoring of God to accept injustice, so long as one is not being directed to commit a sin (and standing to receive Communion is not sinful).

Michelle Arnold
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