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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“In 1854 John Mason Neale co-founded an order of women dedicated to nursing the sick. Many Anglicans in his day, however, were very suspicious of anything suggestive of Roman Catholicism. Only nine years earlier, John Henry Newman had encouraged Catholic practices in Anglican churches and had ended up becoming a Roman Catholic. This encouraged the suspicion that anyone such as Neale was an agent of the Vatican, assigned to destroy Anglicanism by subverting it from within. Once, Neale was attacked and mauled at a funeral of one of the Sisters. From time to time unruly crowds threatened to stone him or to burn his house.”
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Blessing of Children on the Communion Line
published 4 March 2013 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

WOULD like to know what you make of this experience I had today. Over coffee and donuts in the large parish here in California I met a family I didn’t know before. After the usual pleasantries the wife said that she thought our pastor was cruel because he told them that their pre-Communion 5 year old could not receive a blessing when the other family members came up for Communion. She thought the pastor was being disobedient to the norms by refusing this and said that her daughter cried after being rejected.

Unless I am wrong, I thought this type of blessing was an innovation rather than the approved norm, but in California, apparently, it is the usual. So, how is a person who probably reads only the local Catholic paper, if that, to know that it is the Pastor who is being obedient and the others that are being innovative and probably disobedient. That is what I told her I believed to be the case, but does it vary from diocese to diocese?
I was told that my pastor ruled out such blessings only a year ago.
If you can write me at chervinronda@gmail.com, I promised the mother I would talk to her about this next time I see her.