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US Catholics Barred from Kneeling for Communion?

WASHINGTON, Aug 23, 02 (CWNews.com) -- The US bishops' committee on the liturgy has said that Catholics should not ordinarily receive Communion while kneeling.

The Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy declared in its July newsletter: "The bishops of the United States have decided that the normative posture for receiving Holy Communion should be standing. Kneeling is not a licit posture for receiving Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States of America unless the bishop of a particular diocese has derogated from this norm in an individual and extraordinary circumstance."