What interests me is not the author's questionable assumptions about the relation between what "Vatican II intended" and the Novus Ordo Missae, but a subsequent comment about alternative modes of receiving Communion:
... sticking out one's tongue to receive Holy Communion is not -- I repeat, is not -- more reverential than receiving the Lord in one's hand; in fact, it strikes me as less so.Again, what interests me here is not so much the various ways in which such an observation might be criticized, but the sense in which I find myself in complete AGREEMENT with it. Permit me to explain.
While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with Communion in the hand (a practice accepted in earlier Church history), the author's observation could be faulted on other grounds -- for its oblivion concerning the historical circumstances under which Communion in the hand was re-introduced in the Low Countries amidst an ethos of dissent and rejection of the Real Presence (see my "Liturgical Position Statement" near the top of the side bar for further discussion of this). Certainly it could be faulted also for its problematic symbolism, defect of fittingness, profaning of the sacred, not to mention the problem of safeguarding the Sacred Host, and particles that are sometimes dropped in transmission from hand to hand.
What strikes me as absolutely correct about the observation, however, is this: the experience of receiving on the tongue is decidedly different when it is executed while kneeling at the Communion rail vs. standing at the front of a Communion line in front of a priest. I can only attest to my personal experience here (and readers are invited to confirm or deny my claims in their own experience).
When I receive on the tongue standing, at the front of a line of communicants filing up to the front of the church, I have noticed for some time that I experience a slight but palpable awkwardness if not embarrassment. When I am standing eye-to-eye with the priest, I must agree that there is a feeling, as described by the author or the letter above, of "sticking out one's tongue" at the priest. While I have not voiced this to myself until the present moment, this seems exactly right: it feels a bit silly.
By contrast, I find that I experience none of this awkwardness when receiving kneeling at the Communion rail. This may be one of the very reasons I find the latter so much more natural, not to mention fitting, good and right in terms of symbolism, underscoring the sacredness of the Host, safeguarding the consecrated particles, and altogether reverent.