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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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On leaving the Vatican after his abdication: “I was deeply moved. The cordiality of the farewell, also the tears of my collaborators. [His voice breaks with emotion.] On the roof of the Casa Bonus Pastor there was written in huge letters «Dio gliene renda merito» [“May God reward you”]. (The Pope weeps) I was really deeply moved. In any case, while I hovered overhead and began to hear the bells of Rome tolling, I knew that I could be thankful and my state of mind on the most profound level was gratitude.”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (23 May 2016)

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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.