"Are they soldiers?" The case for kneeling...

It seems that the Catholic laity must continually be pressured by our own to stop genuflecting and kneeling before our God. Such an unnecessary and sad family feud. So it comes as no surprise that recent support for kneeling from Rome is being received with great pleasure all across the Catholic world. If you haven't seen it yet...

"It is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling." ~ Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. More at Fr. Z's...

After reading this, I just had to dig up one of my favorite Cardinal Arinze videos of all time. He is so delightfully loving and precise. If you have 5 minutes, watch the entire video. If you have less, be sure to watch at least starting at 1:00.

For those who can't access YouTube, here are some highlights...

"Those who removed the kneelers have done damage to the Catholic community."


"The Church from Rome never said to remove the altar rails. If you can find any document from Rome saying remove the altar rails I will give you a turkey." 


"If you believe that Christ is our God and is present, why don't you kneel? Why don't you crawl? Why not show respect? I grant that a diocese has the right to give instruction so that the congregation moves in the same way; when to stand or sit or kneel. The documents from Rome do not go into too much detail, allowing dioceses some freedom. When the diocese regiments too much it becomes material for us to talk to the bishop privately. And our language should be: Why do you regiment the people of God? Are they soldiers? Allow them some freedom...


...Are they soldiers? Where is freedom? Why not let the people of God who have received Jesus... somebody likes to kneel, another person wants to keep standing, another one wants to sit. It's alright."




And around the internet...


Steve Ray responds to being chastised for genuflecting before receiving the Eucharistic in this letter.
Attached below his letter is a letter from Rome providing clarification on the subject. 


Michael Voris Chimes in below...

Posted on August 1, 2011 and filed under "cardinal arinze", "kneeling".