Father Z: On the matter of lay ministers giving blessings

In The Catholic Herald of the Diocese of Madison, where the great Bishop Robert Morlino exercises oversight, there is a great article on an issue we have addressed here many times: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion giving blessings to non-communicants as if they were priests.

Read the article


  1. I believe this quote (below) in the Ask Alice column applies to the Book of Revelation, not the whole Bible (a popular misconception). If wrong I will stand corrected – AndyP/Doria2

    For the first time in over a thousand years, certain Christians had arbitrarily decided to reject the clear advice of St. John, that we read in Revelation 22:19.

    “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book.”;

    • Dear Andy,

      You’re probably right. We were just trying to see if anyone was paying attention.

  2. Not certain what this means really? In the UK it is possible that the special minister may bless any person especially whilst they are holding the host etc. Indeed it is often practiced that as one goes to communion the special minister will bless the communicant with a sign of the cross etc whilst holding the host and stating the words “Body of Christ” or “Blood of Christ”. It is not a big deal and of little surprise that this happens. As for praying over any person well any person can do that! The only apparent requirement(?) is that they should do so with piety and reverence and to remember that it is God that blesses and deserves all honour therein. As the writer notes at the end of his article the praying over anyone is a noble and good practice. Indeed I even pray nightly over my pets!
    So the quote from Revelation is obscure? As far as I am aware it deals with the Revelation of the Apocalypse and about the state of the early Church etc and not to get embroiled in debate about validation or truthfulness. Is that what was implied in advancing it. Perhaps I am being particularly dense this evening?

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