Why is the Vatican confusing the faithful?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document about the norms for the distribution and reception of Communion under both kinds.
Part one (9) quotes the Council of Trent but misleads the faithful. The USCCB makes a grave error while trying to justify the need to receive Communion under both kinds. The USCCB notes that from the wishes of Vatican II the Missale Romanum states:
“Holy Communion has a fuller form as a sign when it takes place under both kinds. For in this form the sign of the Eucharistic banquet is more clearly evident and clearer expression is given to the divine will by which the new and eternal Covenant is ratified in the Blood of the Lord, as also the connection between the Eucharistic banquet and the eschatological banquet in the Kingdom of the Father.”
But does it have a fuller form under both kinds? The USCCB uses the following reference from the Council of Trent to support the idea.
“…the true body and blood of our Lord, together with his soul and divinity, exist under the species of bread and wine. His body exists under the species of bread and his blood under the species of wine, according to the import of his words.”
This appears to indicate that we need both kinds. What the USCCB left out was the next few lines from the above excerpt. Trent continues…
“But the body, too, exists under the species of wine, the blood under the species of bread…”
If there is true and FULL presence under either kind- how can there be a fuller form under both kinds as the USCCB and the Missale Romanum suggest? Can there be a fuller presence under both kinds when Christ is fully present in either? Of course not.
This creates confusion for the faithful- especially those who know what the Church has taught for centuries. The USCCB offers footnotes on the matter but these simply muddy the issue more.