Thursday, October 18, 2012
WHEN BAPTIZED CHRISTIAN FROM PROTESTANT DENOMINATION MAY RECEIVE THE OTHER SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH AND A QUIZ AT THE END FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO BECOME CATHOLIC AS ADULTS
It is possible for a Protestant Christian to receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church but Church law requires three things:
A. That the person believe what we believe about Holy Communion, that it is truly the Body and Blood of Christ and that through Holy Communion Christ brings us into full communion with Him through the Church.
B. That the Protestant cannot receive Holy Communion in their own denomination (perhaps there isn't one in that location).
C. That the bishop approve it.
When I was stationed in Augusta at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, we had an elderly Episcopalian nun, Sister Clare, who came every Saturday night to our Sunday anticipated Vigil Mass. She was opposed to women's ordination and was a High Episcopalian and believed what we believe in most if not all things, in fact she was better informed of Catholic Church's teachings and beliefs and more faithful to these than most rank and file Catholics. Her convent of sisters had several who were ordained Episcopal priests and she was dead set against receiving holy Communion at their "Liturgies."
I asked Bishop Boland if she could be given permission to receive Holy Communion given the state of affairs in her convent. He graciously allowed it. After about three years of this arrangement, at the age of 96 she asked to be received into the full communion of the Roman Church. I celebrated her funeral when she died at 102. She was never expelled from her Episcopalian convent!
Often times I have Protestants asking to go to confession or to be anointed. In these situations it is a pastoral call on my part. I seldom refuse these sacraments to non-Catholics if they understand what these are and have a real need and of course their own denominations do not offer these. Often it is a way for these people to eventually enter the full communion of the Church. I do see offering these sacraments as extraordinary especially if someone is critically ill either spiritually or psychically and are baptized practicing Christians.
Some of you who read this blog are converts in the truest sense, you were received into the Catholic Church through baptism.
What role did the Blessed Virgin Mary play in your conversion?
What role did the practice of the Sacrament of Penance play?
What role did the hierarchy of the Church and her Bishop of Rome Play?
What was the major role in your conversion?