Confusion continues on the question of the availability of both species of Holy Communion — the consecrated bread and wine — to the laity at Mass. Fr. Richard Hilgartner, executive director of the Office of Divine Worship at the U.S. bishops’ conference clarifies the issue at the National Catholic Reporter blog. Suffice to say that any earlier indult — special exception — on receiving the consecrated wine was supplanted by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal issued in 2000 (n. 283). And this instruction — which has the force of law — permits reception of Communion under both species, guided by the local bishop and at the determination of the pastor. Again, the importance of proper respect for the consecrated bread and wine and for a well-informed laity is stressed.