Note: the archbishop disapproves of the practice of selling Holy Communion but he approves of the practice of "accepting donations" for the reception of Holy Communion!!! Note also the three paragraphs just prior to the last paragraph.
What, if anything, will be the reaction of Rome?
The extraction of fees and "donations" for receiving Holy Communion is just one more bit of evidence that the conciliar Church does not give a tinker's damn about the eternal welfare of the souls of its members. Since the proper reception of Holy Communion is a primary source of grace to assist one's soul in attaining eternal salvation, the selling and/or "acceptance of donations" for distributing Holy Communion is also further evidence that the conciliar Church has abandoned the very purpose for which Our Lord established the Church which is the salvation of souls.
‘Holy Communion not for sale’
THE Sacrament of Holy Communion is not for sale, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has warned in a circular amid reports some priests were demanding fees before giving the sacrament to public schoolchildren.
“We priests, whom God have called to the custody of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, must see children, above all, not only the ones in the Catholic schools but all those in public schools, as the first recipients of the immense gift of the Eucharist, which God has placed in our consecrated hands,” he said.
He said priests were not allowed to collect fees for the sacrament, but they may accept donations.
He ordered all parishes to tap parish organizations to finance religious activities or use their finances to foot the bill.
Rosales said the collection of fees may be valid, but it could put the Church in a bad light because the Department of Education prohibits collecting money from public school students.
“More importantly, [the fees] may put an additional burden on the poor families of these children, which could lead to the nonreception of this great gift of the self-giving God, and this is quite heartbreaking,” he said.
“Allowing [children] to receive the Eucharist at an early age after adequate sacramental preparations has been, for many years, one of our strong points of pastoral outreach to the younger members of the Church.” http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news06_july20_2006
by: Florante S. Solmerin