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Cdl. Robert Sarah: ‘The Church is not a supermarket’

ROME ( – A top Vatican official is condemning “profane” methods of administering the Eucharist amid the pandemic.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, made his comments to Italian news site La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana in a May 2 phone interview. 

Hosts are placed in a bag with accompanying sacramentals

Cardinal Sarah responded to a proposal that involves sacred Hosts being wrapped individually in plastic bags and placed on shelves for Catholics to grab — ostensibly, for the sake of hygiene — by scorning it as “total madness.” This method is reportedly being used in some churches in Germany, according to Italian daily newspaper Stampa, to address the supposedly “high contagion risk” involved in receiving the Eucharist.

“God deserves respect, you can’t put Him in a bag. I don’t know who thought of this absurdity, even if it is true that the deprivation of the Eucharist is certainly suffering, the matter of how to administer is not open to negotiation,” Sarah said.

“We communicate in a dignified way, worthy of God who comes to us. The Eucharist must be treated with faith. We cannot treat it as a trivial object. We are not at the supermarket,” the cardinal continued.  …

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