Thomas, and others...
Here is my question. Is the priest not a conduit of the HS? So when he blesses us he is the spreader of the grace of the HS as the intermediary for God, on earth. Would this be a correct understanding?
Anyway, if this is true then the actual kissing of the hand is not "all important" but a sign of respect (as Thomas pointed out).
My issue is that a good number of priests REFUSE to be shown this kind of respect. A lot because of humility, but I also think because there is an underlying insecurity within the priest. I think that they question whether or not God is really going through their hands and blessing people.
I think that if this is true, then there's a problem. I'm not really sure what direction I want to take this point, and it would probobly result in me saying something rediculous, so i'm gona stop and see what the rest of you have to say.