Bishops’ Meeting: Reverence for the Eucharist
The Australian bishops have sent a formal greeting to Pope John Paul II, welcoming his recent encyclical on the meaning of the Mass.
They also looked at ways to enhance due reverence for Holy Communion, taking particular account of the hardships faced by communities in Australia where regular access to a priest may be difficult.
Consideration was also given to the question of the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds and to issues surrounding lay preaching and Australian adaptations to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The bishops sent directives on these issues for recognition by the Vatican.
They also approved the construction of a website for the National Liturgical Commission.