There is more to this story…

Now this just cries out for further explanation:

“The Ethiopians celebrate [the Eucharist] only on Sundays and feasts, though there is a daily Eucharist offered in some monasteries. The only ones that receive communion with relative frequency are monks, the clergy, preadolescent children and, among the adult laity, those who are canonically married. Since canonically regular unions are rare except among the clergy; and since among the married, incontinence is simply presumed unless time shows the contrary to be true; the majority of the laity never communicate after puberty.”

from Robert F. Taft, S.J., “The Frequency of the Celebration of the Eucharist Throughout History,” in Between Memory and Hope: Readings on the Liturgical Year, edited by Maxwell Johnson (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000), p. 94.

I mean, that paragraph raises so many questions for me. Starting with, why are canonical marriages so rare?

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