The Catechism Allows for Protestants to Receive Eucharist

Phillip: paragraph 1401 Catechism of the Catholic Church permits communion to Christians not of the Roman Catholic church who are in case of grave necessity.

Let us also take a look at the paragraph above the one you cite.

CCC 1400 Ecclesial communities derived from the Reformation and separated from the Catholic Church, “have not preserved the proper reality of the Eucharistic mystery in its fullness, especially because of the absence of the sacrament of Holy Orders.”239 It is for this reason that, for the Catholic Church, Eucharistic intercommunion with these communities is not possible.

Now the paragraph you cited.

1401 When, in the Ordinary’s judgment, a grave necessity arises, Catholic ministers may give the sacraments of Eucharist, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick to other Christians not in full communion with the Catholic Church, who ask for them of their own will, provided they give evidence of holding the Catholic faith regarding these sacraments and possess the required dispositions

First, it is in the Ordinary’s judgment–that is not the judgment of the local parish priest. The ordinary is the BISHOP. So the bishop’s permission must be obtained first.

Secondly-A grave necessity is most likely the danger of death and the one given sacraments is most likely one who is in the process of entering the Church. Feeling rejected or hurt feelings do not equal a grave (as in deadly) necessity. Neither of these are deadly or are the sacraments a necessity unless one is about to die and believes all that the Catholic Church teaches.

Phillip:I have heard of this practice occurring in missionary situations, where there is no ordained clergy available for some great distance.

BFHU: What you may have heard of or even witnessed with your own eyes in a Catholic Church means absolutely nothing unless the priest or bishop is a faithful son of the Church
and loyal to the Pope. All kinds of nonsense occurs in Catholic Churches by rebellious priests all over the world. They may have good intentions but frankly, they are heretics.

3 Responses

  1. Hi! Hope your holidays were wonderful!
    My meeting with the priest has been delayed until after the first of the year. As you know, the process for my annulment has began and I ‘m hoping to start RCIA in the fall. I have a quick question though. My husbands annulment is complete, does that allow him to return to communion? I am understanding that our marriage must be recognized and blessed in the church before he can, but some friends told us that he could return since his first marriage has been annulled.Thanks for any answers and continued prayers!

    As always, you do a really great job here! Many blessings for a wonderful 09!

  2. Dear Happy,
    Yes we had a wonderful Christmas celebration. Hope you did also. I do not think your husband can return to communion b/c you are, as far as anyone can tell right now, a married woman ( married to your 1st husband) until your declaration of nullity is obtained.

    But you both can pray for spiritual communion in the meantime and Our Lord will bless your love for Him and obedience.

  3. We did have a great one and glad you did,too!
    Thanks! That is what I understood, but I can’t address our priest for a few more weeks. These are things my sweet huband should know…..ha, but he was unsure, too. Of course, it was not a situation one hopes to ever be in! God is good and His restoration and healing for our family is wonderful! I look forward to learning and growing in 09 with the process complete at Easter 2010. What a day that will be!
    Again, thank you and many blessings for you in the New Year.

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