Listen to Jesus, not Oppressors
There are deeply pious, intensely scrupulous, and often OCD-afflicted people who, through no fault of their own, struggle grievously over profoundly unimportant things and are wracked with guilt about minor matters as they labor through each day trying with heart-breaking intensity to Be Good. Scruples are a crushing spiritual disease and the counsel of good confessors is often invaluable in relieving them of the burdens placed on their shoulders by themselves or by spouting popinjay Pharisees. Tragically, Reactionary Catholic ranks are filled with such abusive personalities, always ready to load guilt and shame about trivialities on to the backs of the scrupulous as the power-trip at their expense. And one of the biggest power trips is the Reactionary obsession with the triviality of Communion in the Hand.
The Catholic Church says that faithful Catholics, in normal times, may receive the Eucharist on the tongue or in the hand. She does, and that’s that. In normal times, if you prefer to receive in one way and not the other, then knock yourself out. But the moment you start telling another Catholic they are “sinning” by doing something the Church says is fine, you earn the words of Jesus, in his diatribe against the Pharisees:
They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. (Matthew 23:4)
During Pandemic, for perfectly sensible reasons of public health, the Church is, in most places, administering Communion only in the hand (though there are lunatics battling the guidelines of their bishops to insist on Communion on the tongue anyway). The reason for the standard Pandemic policy is obvious to Sanes and Normals. But in Traddery, pride and crushing the weak matter far more than sanity. To wit:
Note the way the question is framed. “Even in a Pandemic”. The signal this sends to the scrupulous is that it goes without saying that Communion in the hand is sinful in normal times.
This. Is. A. Lie.
Reception of Communion in the hand is permissible. Period. Nobody sins by receiving Communion in the hand. Ever. Fradd ties up a heavy burden for the fragile in conscience and sets himself over the Church to do it.
But it gets worse. Because the video goes on not only to crush the conscience of the weak with burdens God never put upon them, but to actually demand they disobey their conscience when it comes to protecting the health of the vulnerable, simply in order to satisfy the hyper-piety of Trads. Message: Even if you think Communion on the tongue to be the obviously unsanitary and potentially deadly practice it obviously is during Pandemic, you should do it anyway–in disobedience to the Church and without regard to your vulnerable neighbor–because Trad piety, not love, is what really matters.
Note the language: “I grew up a typical Novus Ordo Catholic” (translation: I was lazy, dumb, and second rate). “Casual”. “Awful”. “There’s only one way to present ourselves to the Lord”. The entire subtext of the conversation, while never giving a straight answer to the question, makes extremely clear that only a pre-Vatican II piety (i.e. communion rails and Communion in the hand) can save the Church and if you are not doing that, you are part of the “horrifying” destruction of the Church.
All of this is deeply dangerous and destructive not only to the body (because it helps spread pandemic) but to the souls of Catholics as well (because it fills the oppressor with superiority and pride for being a Better Catholic than all those loser Novus Ordo types while it crushes the oppressed and scrupulous with heavy burdens God never meant him to carry).
If you are encountering any of this kind of rubbish, hand it all back to God as the mere false tradition of men it is. Observe the sane health precautions of the Church and receive in the hand till the Pandemic is past, Then receive on the tongue or the hand as you please with love in your heart for the Lord either way. Do not let the arrogant judgments of men oppress you.