I haven’t posted much on Michael Voris of realcatholictv.com. I have linked a couple of his videos some time ago. What I have found though is that while I agree with much of the thrust of what Mr. Voris says I have found that details could be exaggerated or things left out of his commentary. Sometimes I would watch one his videos with a promising headline and found the content to not fully support his contentions. So for the most part I don’t watch his videos anymore.
I bring this up because of one of his recent videos concerning kneeling. Recent Cardinal Antonio Canizares of the Congregation for Divine Worship strong recommended receiving Communion kneeling as a “sign of adoration that needs to be recovered.” This is something I totally agree with and not only do I want a return to kneeling, I would like the Communion rail to be the primary means for receiving Communion. In fact I would like to see Communion in the hand go away also. Both thing I am sure Mr. Voris and me would agree on..
Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers has recently started a new podcast where he gets to spend more time answering questions in greater detail than he can do on Catholic Answers. I really love his podcast which answers the oddball questions Jimmy Akin likes concerning aliens and space exploration and the sacraments and serious looks at questions of theology. I bring this up because Jimmy Akin today released a new episode of his podcast that asks “Is Michael Voris right about kneeling,” Jimmy Akin states that he too is a fan of kneeling to receive Communion and would certainly like to see it to be the established posture and norm for the United States. What he critiques of Michael Voris’ video is some very inaccurate statements such as receiving Communion in the hand is “self-Communicating” and that the only barrier to a shift to kneeling for Communion is the “priest’s own ego”. Jimmy Akin rightly points out that this is not correct since it would take a change for the GIRM since currently standing is the established posture for the United States. While kneeling is allowed and the new GIRM in that kneeling is not just something to be tolerated, but a totally valid form of receiving.
Michael Voris emphasizes the quote from the Cardinal as if kneeling is the only sign of adoration supported and left off the following line by the Cardinal concerning receiving while standing. “if one receives while standing, a genuflection or profound bow should be made, and this is not happening.” I would agree with that since a slight head bob seems to be the norm from what I have observed.
Jimmy Akin makes other critiques and I would greatly urge you to subscribe to his podcast. Simply look on iTunes or other podcast programs for “Jimmy Akin Podcast” (he kept the name simple to be easy to find”) and enjoy a great Catholic podcast.
Like I said I am in agreement with the thrusts of what Michael Voris imparts. I just wish he would be much more meticulous in his statements. One of the reasons I am such a Jimmy Akin fanboy is that he is very careful concerning his answers to only impart what the Church teaches or what liturgical documents lay down instead of his own biases as to what they mean. When he gives an opinion he clearly lets you know it is an opinion. We should all be so careful with a concern for accuracy.