Should a priest invite non-Catholics who believe in the Real Presence to receive Communion?

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During a wedding rehearsal for a Catholic and non-Catholic, the priest invited the non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist at the nuptial Mass by saying “Anyone who believes that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Jesus Christ is invited to receive Communion at the wedding.” Should he have done this?


Such an invitation was inappropriate. The Eucharist is offered to non-Catholic Christians only under certain extraordinary circumstances provided for in canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law, which are not met in this circumstance. With a mixed marriage, a Catholic and a non-Catholic Christian usually are counseled to have a nuptial liturgy outside of Mass to avoid the problem of a significant portion of the congregation—including the bride or groom—being unable to receive Communion.

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    1. First one must confess, in order to be in the necessary state of grace before receiving Holy Communion.
      To receive Holy Communion when one has unconfessed mortal sins is to receive unworthily.
      So, point blank: You’re wrong.

  1. Catholic believers only have the right to receive communion, non-believers definitely should not take communion,

  2. Confession first, then Holy Communion. Otherwise, the communicant receives unworthily.
    Short answer: No. The priest was in error.

  3. I have ways had a problem when I hear such invitations. First, as an earlier posting stated, one must be in the state of grace when we receive communion (St. Paul alludes to this in Sacred Scripture). Second, any priest who makes such an invitation would seem to be violation of his vow/promise of obedience (if he says he is doing that as a matter of conscience, then his conscience is in opposition to the apostolic teaching authority of the Church). Third, the term communion means community, so in addition to accepting the real presence, a communicant must accept the whole of the teaching of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic community. It is true that Jesus did not turn away anyone, and that remains true today–ANYONE who accepts Him as savior may approach the church for Baptism and Reconciliation. Once these Sacraments have been received out of love of Him, then one can receive him in the Eucharist.

  4. Time for the Roman Catholc Church to stop hoarding communion as if private treasure. Let all who hunger, eat. Let all who thirst, drink.

    1. During Jesus time there were many who believed in the existence of God but don’t believe in him and that’s why he had his apostles. And disciples.

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