Comment on "White House concerned about spreading flu in churches"
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu.
Marilyn Meyers, a 67-year-old member of Washington National Cathedral, already had thought about the health risks involved in her church’s services. On Sunday (Oct. 4), as she has for the past several months, she rubbed sanitizer on her hands before getting in line for Holy Communion.
“You shake hands, you touch the prayer books we all share, you break off a piece of the same bread—who knows what might be on it?” she said.
At Sunday’s service, parishioners continued to exchange the Sign of Peace, shaking hands with those around them. Most also waited in line to receive Communion, often sipping from a communal chalice.
And OF COURSE people freak out about this. From the comments:
This is yet another ploy by the liberals to keep people from receiving Our Lord with reverence; On the Tongue while kneeling. And, remember the SARS and the Bird flu? Whatever happened with those charades that were suppose to affect millions and millions of people? This H1N1 is another farce; listening to virologists they have said that the common flu will kill more people this year than the H1N1. Don’t buy it people, and keep receiving Our Lord on the tongue.
And do they plan on stopping the administration of the Precious Blood too? Another Protestant invention just like Communion in the hand.
These liberals have tried to refuse my family as well as otherS from receiving Our Lord while kneeling, when the Holy Fathers have always said we have that choice and RIGHT! So, you see, there is more to it than the excuse of this Pig flu story. STAND UP and FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT! OUR GOD COMES FIRST AND FOREMOST AND DESERVES ALL THE REVERENCE AND RESPECT WE UNWORTHY SINNERS CAN GIVE HIM. PEACE TO ALL!