There is a YouTube video being circulated by some kooky group that has its knickers in a twist about Roman Catholics receiving the host in the hand (allowed in that church), which purportedly supports the proposition that Pope Francis is against it (a conclusion that doesn't necessarily follow from the video's footage). Overhead today on an Anglo-Catholic discussion board:
"Wonderful news. I've never entirely trusted laity who are willing to touch a host."
Apart from the fact that this statement is ugly, judgmental, and wholly unChristian, its author apparently doesn't realize that he's including a saint of the Catholic Church, Cyril of Jerusalem, among those he deems untrustworthy. From the Catechetical Lectures:
In approaching therefore, come not with thy wrists extended, or thy fingers spread; but make thy left hand a throne for the right, as for that which is to receive a King. And having hollowed thy palm, receive the Body of Christ, saying over it, Amen. So then after having carefully hallowed thine eyes by the touch of the Holy Body, partake of it; giving heed lest thou lose any portion thereof; for whatever thou losest, is evidently a loss to thee as it were from one of thine own members. For tell me, if any one gave thee grains of gold, wouldest thou not hold them with all carefulness, being on thy guard against losing any of them, and suffering loss? Wilt thou not then much more carefully keep watch, that not a crumb fall from thee of what is more precious than gold and precious stones? - Catechetical Lecture 12
No matter. Old traditions die hard. Or rather, newer traditions (mandatory reception sub lingua) die hard. And not only that, anyone who disagrees is not to be trusted.
Forgive me, my Anglo-Catholic and Roman Catholic brethren who agree with this fellow, but this betrays a pathological, clericalist mentality, and is yet another indication of the fact that so many Catholics have it so bass ackward on so many issues.