Evidence for the Existence of God (Part 1 – Something from Nothing), Catholic and Orthodox (Emotional Argumentation vs. However, if they do believe it is truly the body and blood of Christ (Jn. 3.) Everyone is Invited into Communion. In fact, many Protestant non-denominational churches welcome Catholics and even allow them to take part fully in their services, including communion. The vast majority of Protestants strongly disagree with the Catholic understanding of the Lord’s Supper, and it would be dishonest to say, “Amen.” That is a great question! As for receiving the Eucharist, you must first believe in everything the Catholic Church teaches and become part of the one Church of Jesus Christ. Believe in God, Christ and the teachings of the Bible … THAT is all that matters … Although all can attend communion ceremonies, some denominations place restrictions on who can receive communion. The Sacred Heart of Jesus – How God thirsts for our love! In a letter in response, Pope Francis has said that their interpretation of chapter eight is correct. Yes, Luther left the church in a sense by starting a new one with new doctrines, (faith alone and bible alone) which had never been heard of in Christianity until around that time). However, this is Biblical. BTW- he is methodist. According to canon 844, “Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments to Catholic members of the Christian faithful only and, likewise, the latter may licitly receive the sacraments only from Catholic ministers.”. 6:51-67; Mt. For most Protestants, attending a service anywhere is fine. (6) Canon law does provide for exceptions for receiving communion outside the Catholic Church, but only for those churches with a valid priesthood and in cases of necessity. Also, if in danger of death, a Catholic can receive communion from another church with valid sacraments, which excludes the Protestant churches. Nowhere in the Bible does it say you can only take communion if you believe exactly how a denomination does. The center of this union lies in the reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist during Mass, which is both a confession and embodiment of unity with the Roman Catholic Church. My big giggle came when I found that my children had received communion in the Catholic Church, which was okay as they were both baptized Catholics, but had never made their first confession when they did it. Unless you were circumcised and became part of the Covenant in the Old Testament, no person could receive the covenant blessings. We have to remember that they left the Church Jesus started over 500 years ago in rebellion. Their argument for doing so is that the communion services of all religions are equal. God is serious about people following Him, and it’s on His terms, not ours. Nor were they saved. Secondly, Catholic/ High Churches tend to celebrate the communion everyday where-as Low/Protestant Churches may celebrate it once a month. What do you say when you take communion? They are one and the same thing; they go hand in hand. In recent years, we have seen an increase number of Catholics who have been receiving communion at Orthodox and Protestant churches. We are called as Catholics to witness to our faith. Anyone at any time could join our team because we were awful. In the same way, Christ has standards and the Catholic Church has standards. As to protestants not taking communion in a Catholic church. It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), the Lord’s Supper, the Mass. This is an absolute requirem… Don't you think it's wrong for the Catholic Church to give Communion to people it knows don't give a rip about Jesus and then refuse me because I'm not sure where I am with transubstantiation? They have been at odds for over 500 years, yet they growing ever closer together and more tolerant toward each other. Normally, sharing Eucharistic communion is meant to be a sign of ecclesiastical communion, which is why the general rule is that only fully initiated Christians in full communion with the Catholic Church can receive. Many Protestant denominations hold to a position of “open communion” (that is, any who are present are invited to share) and will simply presume that Catholics … Protestants and Catholics! Why Can't Protestants Take Communion in a Catholic Church Black Cordelias ^ Posted on 12/27/2008 2:48:02 PM PST by NYer. Again, this leads to more denominations! Many people do not understand these reasons and accuse the Catholic Church of being elitist or mean. Everyone is invited to Communion in our church. According to the Code of Canon Law, receiving communion in a Protestant church is generally not permissible. I told him because we believe in the Real Presence!..Not good enough for him. According to the Code of Canon Law, receiving communion in a Protestant church is generally not permissible. Your original response did not note this fact. And remember, that as wonderful as Protestants are, they have broken the Christian unity and do not share in the fullness of the covenant. Do this in memory of me.” As Catholics, we pray that all Christians will come back to full unity of the Lord’s table as it once was and as Christ desired. It’s a declaration of our communion with the Lord and also his Church. 76, No. Why can’t Protestants receive the Holy Communion in a Catholic Church? (In the same vein, some Catholics insist they can take communion in an Orthodox Church, and that Orthodox Christians can receive in a Roman Catholic Church. If Protestants do not accept Catholic teaching and authority, they should not even desire to receive the Eucharist and everything Catholic that it represents. However, in order to be on a travel team or an elite team, a person must try out and be picked. So again, Protestants could not honestly say amen for they do not accept all the Catholic teachings. This is because different Churches are doing what they think is correct. Anything thing else is blind hubris. All Rights Reserved |. Thus, just as in the Old Testament, a person had to be part of the Covenant in order to partake in the blessings, so in the New Testament times, one must still be a full part of the Christ’s Church and covenant to receive all the blessings. It was more of a blanket statement. God is everywhere, but He was present in a special way in the person of Jesus Christ on earth, so God is everywhere but present in a very special way in Catholic Holy Communion. Q. Does the Bible teach that only devout Catholics go to Heaven? “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. It should be pointed out that there are times when non-Catholic Christians can receive communion in the Catholic Church. What does it mean to say that Eve is Adam’s ‘help meet’? If attending a service where the congregation receives bread and wine but only considers it a symbol, Lauren asks if Catholics can receive, since we agree (at that church), it is only a symbol and not the Body and Blood of Christ. Martin Luther separated himself and his followers from the fullness of the truth and the fullness of the New Covenant. As a Catholic, the core of one’s union with Christ is union with the church. The Episcopal Church's policy is that any baptized Christian can receive Communion in the Episcopal church (and they let their members receive Communion in any church that welcomes them). Catholics who lack access to Catholic Mass may receive communion from Orthodox churches, but most Orthodox will not allow it. Protestants are currently allowed to receive Catholic communion only in extreme circumstances, such as when they are in danger of death. While some Roman Catholic priests are not as careful as they should be in the distribution of communion, if you are not Roman Catholic, you should not partake in a Roman Catholic Church. Catholics believe in Transubstantiation and Lutherans believe in Sacramental Union. Catholics can visit Protestant churches. Protestants Can Receive Communion at Mass, Says Catholic Theologian. ** This is a common question asked by both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Martin Luther did not “separate himself and his followers from the fullness of the truth and the fullness of the New Covenant”. Catholics also allow other religions to participate in their worship service; however, only Catholics can receive Holy Communion, or the Lord’… Moreover, Communion for Protestant Christians is not what it is for Catholics. And Lutherans have … Then, you can receive the greatest gift of all. In fact, many Protestant non-denominational churches welcome Catholics and even allow them to take part fully in their services, including communion. Copyright © 2021 US Catholic. Here’s the rub. Everyone is invited to celebrate Mass at Catholic churches. 26:26). A friend recently wrote the following on her blog: "we went to catholic mass on sunday. To receive Communion in the Catholic Church is a sign (ostensibly at least) that one is in a state of grace and embraces the Catholic faith. That is what we believe as Catholics. 11:27–28). If you have good reasons not to be Catholic, then you also have good reasons not to receive Communion in the Catholic Church. It truly is Jesus communing with us and helping us to become one body with Him and each other. The German bishops who … Of course, more than anything, we would love to invite them home to this oneness that Christianity enjoyed for over 1000 years. at the communicant be a baptized Christian. Even Jesus occasionally broke the religious law of his day, though he did so to fulfill the “spirit” of the law. Author has 346 answers and 92.9K answer views First of all, it is not strictly speaking true that Protestants cannot receive communion in the Catholic Church. And people must accept that truth to join the banquet table. As such, neither one is welcome at the other's table. Just to set the record straight, the simple truth is that it is not against Catholic doctrine for Protestants to receive Communion at Mass.. 1. What can we do about antisemitism and the Catholic literary canon? “Being neighborly” at a Protestant wedding doesn’t constitute necessity and Protestants do not have a valid priesthood. At the same time, some Catholics would like to, and do, receive communion on these rare occasions. As we can see, it is technically possible for a non-Catholic Christian to receive Holy Communion from a Catholic minister, but the set of necessary circumstances delineated in canon 844.4 is so restrictive that it will not happen very often. These elite teams have standards and don’t just let anyone join. Many of his thesis were in fact addressed and created reformation in the Catholic church. Likewise, to receive the host in an Episcopal setting would be to publicly identify oneself with the Anglican faith. You are welcome anytime! I was thrown off of Catholic playgrounds by Nuns and Priests alike … it was hell. Communion is something you enter into. This happened, and unless you are an Orthodox or a Catholic Christian you are basically an offshoot of Protestantism. It is still corrupt, but to a somewhat lesser degree. Intercommunion could be a “yes” to God by witnessing to God’s presence in the marriage and committing to God’s work of salvation in their lives. Lutherans are closer to Catholics and accept Consubstantiation, which means they believe God’s presence is there but in a spiritual sort of way. It is not up to man to say who can and who cannot take communion. Thus, they could not receive Catholic communion in good conscience without being dishonest before God. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these churches (canon 844 §3). If the conditions are met, a Protestant is welcome to join us at the table of the Lord. Can a Catholic receive Communion at a non-Catholic worship service? These Catholics, after a careful examination of their conscience, find compelling reasons to “gain a needed grace” by receiving communion in a Protestant church. What are those conditions? So yes, you are right, it's terribly hypocritical that a faithful evangelical like you can't receive communion but a lousy liberal Catholic does. It was more of a blanket statement. Many non-Catholics, when attending a Mass at a Catholic wedding, find themselves being gently told that they should not come forward to receive Holy Communion. In our example a compelling reason might be to demonstrate one’s deep love and commitment to nurturing the relationship of the newly married couple. According to canon 844, “Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments to Catholic members of the Christian faithful only and, likewise, the latter may licitly receive the sacraments only from Catholic ministers.” The key term here is licit. Intellectual Argumentation). First, we need to understand that there are differences between the religions. Why can Catholics receive the Lord’s Supper at Protestant services but not the other way around? In recent years, we have seen an increase number of Catholics who have been receiving communion at Orthodox and Protestant churches. Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D. David Knight describes himself as “a senior priest of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and the leader of a movement for spiritual growth based on the five mysteries of Baptism.”. However, it is forbidden by the Church that people in sin take it, even if some priests don't pay attention to the rule. I am a protestant and if I was in a Catholic church and desired to take communion I would. A former Jesuit, he has a doctorate in theology, 50 years of ministerial experience in 19 countries, and 40 books in print. So the New Covenant comes together at its Pinnacle in the Eucharist, and the Eucharist symbolizes our unity! Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor. When you receive Communion in the Catholic Church, you are saying with your body that you are in union with the Church and that you believe as we believe. Jesus says, “This is my body, this is my blood, the blood of the new and eternal Covenant” established in and through the Catholic Church He started. A friend ask me “Why does your church deny protestants communion”? He said the Church was like the snout on a pig and began to rebel against it. Why Can't Protestants Take Communion in a Catholic Church Since, Protestants do not believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist as we do, they do not discern or recognize that Jesus’ body is present under the appearance of bread and wine. And, there are some good reasons for this. This is the awkward moment you knew was coming. There cannot be one belief with one Church. Come check out a Catholic Mass, even a Latin Mass, where you can experience the mystery and awe of God. The Catholic Church does not see Communion as something you just receive. So it is possible that one could follow Jesus’ lead. Upon reception of Catholic Communion, everyone must say “Amen.”  If a Protestant were to attend a Catholic Mass, the priest would hold up the Communion host in front of their face and say, “The body of Christ,” to which the Protestant would respond, “Amen.” The word Amen means: “So be it, I believe.”. This concept is confusing to some Protestants because many non-Catholic churches practice “ open communion ”—that is, they welcome all who have received Jesus Christ as Savior to participate in communion with them. Whereas Catholics and Orthodox believe in Transubstantiation – meaning Jesus is actually (literally and physically) present. Thus Jesus wanted one church, one faith, and one baptism, and one set of beliefs, just as it says in the Bible and has been passed on to us from Jesus. He originally did not want to leave the Church, but after a while, he did. But, the OP did not mention that there were grave circumstances. Why didn’t the Jews and Samaritans get along? The pope went on at some length to wonder whether the Eucharist should be thought of as an end point of ecumenism, or as an aid on the journey together toward full denominational communion. Although all can attend communion ceremonies, some denominations place restrictions on who can receive communion. First, you must be in a state of grace. Protestants are currently allowed to receive Catholic communion only in extreme circumstances, such as when they are in danger of death. Further, Orthodox Christianity does not permit its faithful to receive Holy Communion in non-Orthodox communities, whether they be Roman Catholic, Protestant, or whatever. That contradicts the Bible. For the early church, however, worship services were in homes. + Holy Communion + At the Last Supper, Jesus said, “Take this bread. 3.) Much like the Catholic Church that places restrictions on who can receive Holy Communion, many Protestant churches have closed communion and only allow church members to receive the bread and wine in the celebration. Furthermore, Catholic priests and laity have invited non-Catholics to receive communion in the Catholic Church. In the Protestant tradition, Communion is often seen as a means of building unity among various denominations, and many have open Communion, meaning that any baptized Christian can take Communion in their services. Yes, He wrote theses and had many more written back to him telling him why his were wrong. When a person receives communion in a Catholic Church, the priest says, “The Body of Christ,” and the communicant responds, “Amen” in agreement. but then came communion, and protestants aren't supposed to take catholic communion. The Church admits to Communion Catholics (evidently) and all those Christians who belong to a fully apostolic Church: that is, to a Church that has maintained apostolic succession and has the Catholic Faith regarding the Eucharist. But, the OP did not mention that there were grave circumstances. It is just that we have different beliefs. Answer: Communion services, also known as the Lord’s Supper, are usually held in churches during the worship services. None are asked to show proof of their baptism nor of their church affiliation that I know of. If a Catholic receives communion from a Protestant minister, it is generally considered “illicit” or unlawful. There cannot be one belief with one Church, and one pope who makes the decisions. Many but not all churches that practice open communion require that the person receiving communion be a baptized Christian, and other requirements may apply as well. There are, however, exceptions, both built into that general norm and those of a pastoral nature. The Eucharist is the Pinnacle of the Catholic faith. So, likewise, unless you are part of Christ’s true Church and are a full part of the covenant, you cannot receive the blessings. Your email address will not be published. A second reason: while Catholics see Protestants as brothers and Sisters in Christ, they are separated brothers and sisters. Furthermore, Catholic priests and laity have invited non-Catholics to receive communion in the Catholic Church. Protestants to receive Communion at first Catholic Mass in Geneva Cathedral since Reformation 'This is nothing special in Geneva,' as Intercommunion 'is … 10, page 46). The German bishops who … What is the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. 26:26). The Bible says that they all may be one as we are one. The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism said that, as a general rule, common worship and eucharistic and other sacramental sharing should “signify the unity of the church.” But it acknowledges that such sharing can also be seen as advancing unity. If the conditions are met, a Protestant is welcome to join us at the table of the Lord. As we can see, it is technically possible for a non-Catholic Christian to receive Holy Communion from a Catholic minister, but the set of necessary circumstances delineated in canon 844.4 is so restrictive that it will not happen very often. Most Protestants accept that the body and blood of Jesus in Communion is only a symbol while Catholics believe that the wafer (“the Eucharist”) is really and truly the body and blood of Christ (John 6:51-67; Mt. We would be allowing them to eat and drink judgment upon themselves. If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please put them below. If you would like to understand more about the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Eucharist, you can watch the 2 minute version here, or the 6 minute version here. In addition, every time Catholics say Amen, we are saying amen to everything we believe and adhering to the Catholic faith. But then there is a call to come to the table of the Lord’s Supper, to receive communion. First of all, it is not strictly speaking true that Protestants cannot receive communion in the Catholic Church. In communion, we welcome brothers and sisters in Christ and join together to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation.