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Question on reception of communion
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Author:  Janel [ Mon May 29, 2006 3:47 am ]
Post subject:  Question on reception of communion

Recently this topic has come up among some people that I know. My question is this: Should a priest give a follower of Feeneyism or Dimondism communion, if that person agrees with these two positions in their rejections of Catholic teachings?

I really do not know the answer either way. I would like to understand the principles involved in why this can or cannot be done. In some traditional chapels people who hold these positions have either been asked to leave or been denied communion. Since it has been a bit of a hot topic I would like to know what to say when asked about it.

I am not a follower of either of the two groups and their teachings in any way.


Author:  Eamon Shea [ Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:59 pm ]
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I know some priests refuse them Holy Communion (or even access, if preventable, to their buildings), but I have not heard their argument as far as justifying their actions (and likely never will). I suppose some of them may argue that the individuals involved are public sinners? Not really sure.

The article by Fr. Cekada about this issue is here: ... &catname=2

As far as I can tell, he is saying it is a mortal sin, indirectly against the faith. Unless such a sin (in an individual case) were somehow public, I believe a priest would be obliged to give them communion if they approached the rail.

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