Re: [liturgy-l] Intinction is the danger
I recall the Catholic bishops baning the use of the common cup during the SARS epidemic. I was not able to find the report of the medical study you refer to on the link. Which College of Bishops commissioned the report? Catholic or Anglican?
Frank C. Senn
- I was told by Hubby no one reported it, so you can't prove anything. I have talked to the priest about it before Easter this year, and he's willing to talk to my husband.
The church I attend is in Etobicoke as well. it's on Lake Shore Blvd West between Kipling and Brown's Line, next to Tim Horton's. I will be attending this weekend with my daughter. Hubby is at a conference. LauraP.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Douglas Cowling <cowling.douglas@...> wrote:
> From: Frank Senn <fcsenn@...>
> Subject: Re: [liturgy-l] LauraP Newbie
> As between receiving from the spoon or from the chalice, there's little
> difference in terms of physical contact. You're putting your mouth where
> someone else's mouth has been. But no epidemics have been reported in
> connection with Holy Communion---not in the U.S., not in Canada, not
> anywhere in the world. That's a miracle in itself.
> After the SARS crisis in Toronto, the College of Bishops commissioned a
> comprehensive medical study of the risks around the common cup. The results
> surprised everyone. The risk of transmission of contagion by the common cup
> was very low. What was was very high was the practice of intinction. The
> dipping of bread into the cup means that fingers touch the cup and the wine
> and that is raises the risk. In fact, the practice of intinction brings
> into play the single most risky agent: the fingers of children. Ironically,
> parents who think they are protecting their children through intinction are
> exposing them to a serious source of germs. The College prohibited
> intinction but it has proved difficult to convince people. Yet ask yourself
> if you want your mouth to touch a surface that has been touched by someone's
> fingers. I won't receive the cup if general intinction is alllowed. Churches
> where it is the norm are being irresponsible.
> The reports are archived on the website of the Diocese of Toronto:
> Doug Cowling
> Director of Music
> St. Philip's Church, Etobicoke