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The Deacon's Bench

With the pontiff’s recent decision on communion still freshly in our minds, a true story:

One of our priests today came back into the sacristy after communion, tossed his stole on the counter and fumed, “Did you see that? Did you see that? A little kid comes up to me for communion so I waved him away and his mother follows him, takes the host, and as they’re headed back to the pew she breaks it in two to give him half! I ran into the pew and told her to give it back. ‘That isn’t a cookie,’ I told her. These people! Unchurched! They’re all unchurched!”

He was beside himself.

“Well,” I cracked, “after everyone starts receiving at the railing again, on the tongue, you won’t be seeing THAT anymore…”

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