Cardinal Ranjith Reiterates that Communicants Receive Kneeling and on the Tongue

Rorate Caeli: As reported last year on Rorate the Archbishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has restored in his archdiocese the practice of communion on the tongue only and while kneeling. Last month, on the Feast of St. Joseph, he reiterated in an address to his clergy that this manner of receiving communion is mandatory for all of the faithful in his territory, even during outdoor Masses (emphasis mine). Read his pastoral mandate here.

  • Tomas de Torquemada

    Although hardly an uncompromising traditionalist, Cardinal Ranjith would make an outstanding pope, (the same is true of Cardinal Burke).  I think there’s at least a realistic chance that he will indeed succeed the current Holy Father (but, of course, long life and reign to Pope Benedict XVI).

    I’ll take this opportunity to predict that His Eminence, should he be elevated to the Throne of Peter, will take the name Leo (Leo XIV).  I had been correct in my prognostication that Cardinal Ratzinger would succeed Pope John Paul II, and that he would adopt the name Benedict.

  •  Your predictions are duly noted, Fray Tomas. If you get this right, you can become the Vaticanologist (Sandro Magister, and Andrea Tornielli, look out!)

  • Tomas de Torquemada

    Thank you, Brother.  I humbly and gratefully accept the, albeit contingent, honor.

  • In his diocese …