Tim:Kiko spoke to Cardinal Rylko, the head of the Council for the Laity, back in December when the two year transitional period ran out. Both Kiko and Cardinal Rylko knew that the statues would contain a modification of Cardinal Arinze's instructions. Rylko gave an oral reply to Kiko to maintain the present practice so that the Holy See would not be put in the awkward position of seeming to change its mind by going from Arinze's letter to the new statues in a very short time. The pope approved the statues in the beginning of February and they were to be promulgated on February 27th. But just before the promulgation, the statues were removed from the hands of the Council of the Laity and sent back for further considerations by the other four dicasteries of the Curia that have to review any changes in the statues. We were just told to hold tight until you receive further word. No explanations were given at the time. There is, however, evidently still some strong resistance to the statues on the part of some in the Curia and they are trying to introduce further changes. However, there are no documents to show you at this point. All our instruction have been oral, but we are satisfied with that. We have no choice. All we were told is to take no action until the Holy See resolves these matters. This is what we are doing. However, I hope you understand that this information is not for publication. I share it with you so that you will understand the delicate position we are in at the moment. I would caution against reading into these events more what I have said. I mention them simply to show that we are not disregarding Arinze's letter, but that subsequent events have changed the situation in which we find ourselves.
Father Walsh wrote the above letter to Tim Rohr before the Statues were approved. At that time, the NCW received and consumed the Body of Christ sitting down.
We also wish to thank you for the benevolence, mercy, and goodness You have shown to those farthest away in allowing the moving of the sign of peace and in granting a period of two years for the adaptation of the manner of distributing the Communion of the Body and the Blood of the Lord: we have always shown to the many brothers who have emerged from hell, full of wounds and of self-loathing, that in the Holy Eucharist the Lord makes present his love, dying and rising for them; and not only that, but prepares a table, an eschatological banquet, which makes Heaven present and where He himself, full of love, has them sit down and comes to serve them: “He will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them” (Lk 12:37).It is very obvious from Kiko's letter that there was a change in the way the Eucharist would be celebrated because of the fact that he mentioned it. His letter actually acknowledged that there was a change in the Eucharistic celebration that the NCW was supposed to adapt in the next two years. However, in the next two years, the NCW made absolutely no change to the way they celebrated the Eucharist. Why? The answer is found in Father Walsh's letter to Tim Rohr.