The "norm" is no longer kneeling. The new norm is "standing". Nevertheless, the Catholic Church emphasized that if anyone wishes to receive the Body of Christ "kneeling", it should not deny them. It would be wrong for a priest to demand the congregation to "kneel". The proper way is for the priest to teach the Catholic laity that they are to stand, but if they wish to kneel....that is also okay. It is inappropriate for a priest in the regular parish to demand that the congregation "kneel" in Holy Communion in order to protest the NEW NORM. I hope that is not happening in Guam. Furthermore, standing does not imply any disrespect to God.The question of kneeling versus standing at Mass and when receiving Communion was one of the disputed questions reopened when Pope John Paul II promulgated a new, revised edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM). Many liturgists today believe that kneeling is alien to modern culture and is an unsuitable posture for modern "democratic" man, even when worshiping. Standing, they say, is the "Resurrection posture." Hence many liturgists have long aimed at getting the faithful to stand, whether during the canon of the Mass, or for the reception of Communion. The idea was to establish the "custom" of standing, following which the practice could then be enshrined in the actual Church regulations governing liturgy.Persistent liturgist influence succeeded in establishing standing as the "normal" way to receive Communion in the United States. This posture was codified in the new, revised GIRM promulgated by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee Year 2000 (but not actually issued until March 18, 2001). Among the approved "American adaptations" to this new revised GIRM is one that specifies "the norm for reception of Holy Communion is standing" (GIRM 162:3). The text goes on immediately to say, "Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel."Still, the now official new rule for the reception of Communion in the United States is to receive Communion standing. The liturgists can be said to have won this particular round; their idea on the reception of Communion has now been enacted into Church law for this country.
The website further stated (the bold is mine):
The new revised GIRM specifies that in the United States "people should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy') until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer. The faithful [also] kneel at the Ecce Agnus Dei ('Lamb of God') unless the diocesan bishop decides otherwise" (GIRM 43:3). The fact that the bishop is given discretion in the case of the Agnus Dei means that he does not have discretion to change any of the other GIRM rules (e.g., to allow standing throughout the Mass).
The diocesan Bishop can decide whether the congregation should kneel or stand at the Ecce Agnus Dei. In the regular parish Mass, the Archbishop allows you to kneel while in the Way, he can allow the NCW to stand. The decision is his to make. It was never your decision to make.
Nevertheless, great care was taken to be in communion with the Catholic Church and the Pope. According to Catholic News Agency, Kiko Arguello and Pope Benedict XVI held a private meetings on May 26, 2007 regarding the celebration of the Eucharist. If Kiko wanted to do his own thing with the Eucharist, it would not make any sense to hold a private meeting with the Pope regarding the celebration of the Eucharist.
However, allegations of liturgical abuse were sent to the Vatican by those who oppose the Way and who wish to control the NCW. With a letter personally written to Cardinal William Levada, Pope Benedict XVI then ordered the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine whether the Neocatechumenal Way Massses were in keeping with the liturgical teachings and practice of the Catholic Church. In January, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI launched an investigation into the NCW.
In February, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned and a new pope was chosen. Then in 2014, Pope Francis dismissed all investigations into the Way. The investigations, which started in 2012 was dismissed after 2 YEARS!!!! And within those two years, what was found? Nothing! It was dismissed by Pope Francis and guess what???? In that SAME YEAR, Pope Francis confirmed Kiko Arguello for five more years as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Yes!!! In that very SAME YEAR, Pope Francis dismissed all investigations into the Way and Kiko Arguello was confirmed for another five more years as Consultor. If those allegations were actually true in that Kiko has misled the LAITY, it would not make any sense at all for Pope Francis to award Kiko Arguello to take part in the Pontifical Council of the LAITY. So much for the liturgical abuse allegations against the NCW.
The reason for Rome's silence to your letters is due to the fact that the allegations of liturgical abuse against the NCW have proven to be unfounded. After two years of investigation, it was dismissed. However, if you still feel that the NCW is practicing liturgical abuse, then write your letter of complaint to Rome. You are only making the SAME allegations against the Way. You can even tell them to open up a new investigation if you want, considering that you think you know better than the Pope who dismissed two years of investigations.
And, I did look up kneeling in the Eastern Churches - there are many that do the prostrations. Perhaps, those that are doing the prostrations "want" to adore like those in Revelation?? Peace
I highly doubt that you bothered looking into the Eastern Catholic Churches regarding kneeling. A person whose only purpose is to impose "kneeling" into the NCW and even in the regular parish church is more concern with his/her agenda rather than the truth. According to EWTN:
Thus a Latin Catholic who wishes to attend one of these rites should acquaint himself with the basic practices and demands of the rite and adapt himself accordingly. For example, most Eastern rites remain standing for most of the celebration and do not kneel for the consecration; a Latin should respect this tradition.