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Benedict XVI Disliked Communion in the Hand, Feared “Powerful Groups”

During the Synod on the Eucharist (2005), Bishop Athanasius Schneider wrote to Pope Benedict XVI praying him to refrain from distributing Communion in the hand.

Schneider told the Hungarian theologian Dániel Fülep that Benedict XVI answered several weeks later, “Your arguments are convincing. But as you know, there are powerful groups in the Church who resist what you have asked me to do.”

Fülep has published his interview online.

Only three years later, on Corpus Christi 2008, Benedict XVI finally stopped distributing Communion in the hand.

Some weeks later, during a General, Audience, Schneider thanked Benedict XVI for this “miracle”.

Benedict XVI immediately understood what Schneider was referring to and replied, “Yes, this mode of giving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is more appropriate.”

@Bobus - He most certainly was and worked with the notorious Carl Rahner.
but don't take my word for it. This idea that he was conservative is ludicrous.
An excerpt from Ratzinger at Vatican II written by John Wilkins...
"As far as the young Joseph Ratzinger was concerned, episcopal collegiality, papal authority, the liturgy, the question of religious freedom, ecumenism, and the church’s … More
Dr Bobus

No, you're wrong. Ratzinger was not the modernist leader at Vat II.
Remember this is the very man who was the modernist leader at Vatican II along with Monitini and Bugninni.
Roberto 55
a powerful group in the church or pope?
Ave Crux
"It is better to fear God than man...." Why should a Pope live in fear of "powerful groups", and not fear the God to Whom he will render an account of profanations of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? We see from this who controls the Church now.