THE Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office has revised its ruling that priests planning to celebrate Mass must calculate the period of the Eucharistic fast from the beginning of theMass.
A new decision .now permits the period to be calculated in reference to the moment of the priest's Communion, ft was contained in a Holy Office decree dated Janaury 10.
Until the decree, under the provisions of the apostolic constitution Citrisrtei Dominus of 1953 and the motu proprio Sacram Communianent of 1957. priests had to calculate the three-hour abstention from ordinary food and alcoholic drinks and the one-hour abstention from non-aleoholie drinks from the beginning of Mass.
According to Canon 247 of the Code of Canon Law. the Holy Office exclusively is vonepeteht in all matters that relate to the Eucharistic fast for priests,