I'm very sympathetic to his position and he raises several interesting points to support his argument, the first of which is the clear teaching of the Second Vatican Council: "Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22).
He wisely notes, "people don’t like to hear that. They think it makes the kids feel “special” that they receive this blessing. (As an aside, I think the parents and grandparents get the warm-fuzzies more than the kids do.)" From my own experience watching children and their parents at Communion when a blessing is given, he's quite right about that aside. I would add that helping someone "feel special" is not the same as helping them know they are loved, both by people and by God.
Father Sticha thinks "this 'feel good' approach is sending the wrong message about the liturgy."
I’ve also become concerned that this has dangerously damaged their relationship with God, and they are blissfully unaware that any damage has been done. Instead of liturgy being the community focusing their minds and hearts on worship of God, it has become a social activity, focusing on ourselves. Now, we don’t come to liturgy to turn to God, but to ourselves.Here again, I think he is spot on. Be sure to read his entire post.
Another aspect worth considering is the customary - at least in the U.S.A. - of the "pew-by-pew" line-up to receive Holy Communion. Yes, it's orderly, but it also leads to some feeling as though they have to leave their pew and go with the flow, as it were.
We must remember the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and holydays is not the same as receiving Holy Communion. If those who should not be receiving Holy Communion - because of unconfessed mortal sin, not keeping the Eucharistic fast of one hour, not spiritually having prepared to receive Holy Communion, etc. - would not receive Holy Communion, there would be people remaining in the pews.
Now, there, everybody - or nearly so - comes up either for Holy Communion or a blessing. I've even been at school Masses where Muslim students attending a Catholic School come forward to receive a blessing, which makes no sense at all.
We should not forget that at the conclusion of Mass - presuming, of course, we don't leave right after receiving Holy Communion - that everyone receives the priestly blessing. Hence, receiving the priestly blessing at the time for the reception of Holy Communion is somewhat redundant.
Now, I know that many people will disagree with me and with Father Sticha about this and they are free to do so. However, if comments are left, which I welcome, please do not accuse either of us of disliking children or of ignoring Jesus' call to "let the children come to me." Neither of us - or others who agree with us - are saying children should not come to Mass, only that they should be brought forward to receive a blessing at the time of Holy Communion. Neither should adults. Nor are we saying children should simply be left in the pews on their own; that would be ridiculous.
A discussion can certainly be held about this issue, but it must remain charitable.