US bishops allowed expanded role for eucharistic ministers
The US Bishops have received a Vatican ruling that special ministers of the eucharist may pour consecrated wine into chalices for Communion.
They may seek a US exception allowing those ministers to help purify sacred vessels after Communion when new church liturgy laws take effect.
The bishops' Secretariat for the Liturgy has urged diocesan worship offices and pastors to be patient and not rush prematurely into pending liturgy changes.
"My strong advice to anyone is not to change the present practice until such time" as the new law takes effect and its interpretation is made clear, said Fr James P. Moroney, executive director of the secretariat.