NOTE: Since the Statue of 2008, the neocatechumens no longer remain seated throughout communion - or at least they are not supposed to - they are supposed to stand to receive. However, in the manner of receiving the bread, the neocatechumens have split the act of receiving into receiving and consuming. The neocatechumens stand to receive, then sit back down, host in hand. They then wait till the consecrated bread has been distributed to all by the priest who has not yet received his own communion. The priest then returns to his chair, sits down, says "May the Body of Christ...", consumes the host, and the others then consume.
The Church makes no allowance for this splitting of the act of receiving Holy Communion, and to ensure it, notes in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal, par. 161, that the communicant is to consume the host "as soon as" it is received.
Obviously this is an illicit practice and the Archbishop's forcing of priests to celebrate Mass in this way or to even allow it in their parishes is a grave abuse of his authority. The neocatechumens, and probably the Archbishop as well defend this practice saying that Rome knows about it and there is no explicit instruction not to do it this way. But the liturgical books only say what TO DO, not what NOT TO DO.
In the manner of the distribution of the consecrated bread before the priest's own communion, the neocatechumens are not the first to engage in this abuse. As mentioned several times before, the way for the abuses of the NCW was paved by "regular Catholics and priests" who authorize themselves to improvise the Mass where they see fit. Rome has addressed this abuse several times:
"Whether it is licit for the celebrating priest to take Communion only after the Holy Eucharist has been administered to the faithful or distribute Holy Eucharist and communicate at the same time as the faithful? Response: Negative to both" - Responsa ad Dubia Proposta, Congregations for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Notitiae 45 (2009) pages 242-243.
The priest receives first, not because of a human protocol but in virtue of the dignity and nature of his ministry. He acts in the person of Christ, for the purpose of the integrity of the sacrament and for presiding the people gathered together: "Thus when priests join in the act of Christ the Priest, they offer themselves entirely to God, and when they are nourished with the body of Christ they profoundly share in the love of him who gives himself as food to the faithful." ( Presbyterorum Ordinis, No. 13).
Redemptionis Sacramentum, No. 97: "A Priest must communicate at the altar at the moment laid down by the Missal each time he celebrates Holy Mass, and the concelebrants must communicate before they proceed with the distribution of Holy Communion. The Priest celebrant or a concelebrant is never to wait until the people's Communion is concluded before receiving Communion himself."
While the pictures linked above may be dated, and may be pre-2008, they nevertheless show what Kiko believes, and continues to advocate, which is why he authorized the splitting of the act of receiving into receiving and consuming. And as noted in our previous post, the different manner of consuming underlines the different theology from which it rises. Different theology. Different practice. Different church.