Until recently American lay Catholics who officiated at Mass were permitted to cleanse the Mass vessels after Communion. Naturally word of this got to Rome. After a meeting with senior cardinals the Pope cancelled this permission.
At a time when thousands of parishes lack priests and more thousands are dying of Aids and war in Iraq, the head of the Church worries about who does the dishes after communion. Is it any wonder more and more ordinary Catholics are giving up on the institutional church?