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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Should the Communion Fast Be Extended?

Canon Law superstar Dr. Ed Peters proposes that the Communion fast be extended to three hours long and calculated from the start of Mass, instead of one hour calculated from the reception of Communion as it is now. Dr. Peters's full proposal in Antiphon is here.

Dr. Peters gives six reasons. I like the following one, in particular:
5. The brevity of the current fast means that Catholics with guilty or doubtful consciences have no discrete way to refrain from going up to Communion without attracting attention, resulting in pressure on them to approach the Eucharist under conditions that risk profanation.
Not a bad idea. What do you readers think?

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