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RE: Posture after receiving Communion
Question from Don on 9/13/2013:

Although it may be true that there are some people who cannot remain standing in the pew after Communion, your suggested answer would imply that the person speaking is unable to continue standing. That implication would be untrue, wouldn't it?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 9/13/2013:

Don--

No, it would not be untrue. Simply saying "Father, some of us are not able to remain standing after Communion," without explaining why, could imply disability but it does not suggest the nature of the disability. If a person is unable to remain standing after Communion because he or she prefers to kneel, then the statement made is a true statement. Mentally reserving the reason why the person is unable to continue standing after Communion prevents argument with the priest, who needs to be reminded that there are good reasons why he should not enforce his preference on the congregation.

Frankly, I think many people these days need to learn the art of mental reservation. Unless you testifying in a court of law, there is no obligation that all essentially true statements also be "the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

Michelle Arnold
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