Is bestowing the laity who distribute Communion at Catholic Masses with the title of "Eucharistic Minister" a (subconscious) attempt to clericalize the laity? How many parishes use the proper terminology of Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for lay people who distribute Holy Communion?
After all, a Eucharistic Minister is a priest, and the laity who distribute communion are supposed to be helping out in extraordinary circumstances, as spelled out in these Church documents: the original 1973 document IMMENSAE CARITATIS, the follow up 1980 document Inaestimabile Donum, and again in 1997 when Pope John Paul II promulgated "The collaboration of the non-ordained faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest."
10. The faithful, whether religious or lay, who are authorized as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist can distribute Communion only when there is no priest, deacon or acolyte, when the priest is impeded by illness or advanced age, or when the number of the faithful going to Communion is so large as to make the celebration of Mass excessively long. Accordingly, a reprehensible attitude is shown by those priests who, though present at the celebration, refrain from distributing Communion and leave this task to the laity.
If you ever try to have a conversation with a lay person who doesn't understand this, it will probably go something like one of mine did:
PG: Good morning, Mrs. X
Mrs. X: Morning. I'm trying to find Eucharistic Ministers to serve at Mass.
PG: Oh, I just saw Father. He's in the sacristy.
Mrs. X: Yeah, good. I'm looking for Eucharistic Ministers. Where are they all?
PG: You're looking for a priest, then. Father is in the sacristy, I'm sure.
Mrs X: (rolls eyes) Never mind.
PG: Maybe I can help. You must be looking for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to serve at Mass. Is that right?
Mrs X: What?
PG: Well, a Eucharistic Minister is a priest, and the laity who are commissioned to help distribute Communion are actually referred to as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Mrs X: (rolls eyes) There's nothing extraordinary about us!
PG: Oh, but indeed there is. You are authorized to help the priest distribute Communion in extraordinary circumstances when the priest is unable to do so by himself; these extraordinary circumstances have been defined by the Church.
Mrs X: We don't have any extraordinary circumstances here, as you well know.
(Calls to another woman entering the church). Mrs S, have you seen any Eucharistic Ministers?
A little more education could go a very long way here...