Here's a letter from the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur posted in parishes of the archdiocese:
To all the Catholic Faithful
H1N1 INFLUENZA VIRUS
Greetings of Peace and Joy,
The media has been updating us on the growing threat of the H1N1 influenza pandemic in the world and most especially the increasing number of deaths in our country.
I wish to exhort each of you to take special care of your health and be extra cautious when in places with large gatherings.
As a precaution, the following will be observed in our Churches:
* Communion will only be given in your hand
* Holy water will not be placed in the fonts
* Avoid shaking hands during the sign of peace
Please continue to pray for God's blessing of good health for all.
God bless you.
I have several questions for His Lordship:
1) Wouldn't a better precaution would be to advise those with flu-like symptoms to stay at home instead?
2) How would the execrable practice of Communion in the hand be a good precaution against the virus when there will also be contact with the faithful's hands? This also seems to contradict the third precaution listed above. We might as well suspend giving Holy Communion temporarily until the situation improves. Or is it because receiving Holy Communion at every Mass is a mandatum of Novus Ordo mass goers?