I don't know about your parish, but we don't have anyone at our entrances to keep people out. We get all kinds of people coming into our church to visit and attend Mass and other types of liturgical services. Non Catholics and agnostics and atheists are most welcome!
No one is questioned about their sexual idenitity, how much money they have or don't have and a part from requiring shoes and shirts, no tank tops and Daisy Duke shorts and bare midrifts, out dress code is pretty flexible.
We do make it clear by the written word in our missalette that only practicing Catholics free of mortal sin should receive Holy Communion after a fast of one hour prior to Holy Communion. However this is all on the honor system. If someone is in a state of mortal sin, most people would not know or care if they were to receive Holy Communion.
So, just how unwelcoming are Catholic Churches? Catholics should know that even if they are excommunicated, they may attend Mass but should not receive Holy Communion. The same is true concerning mortal sin. Non Catholics may not receive Holy Communion.
I think the only time that we might have to intervene and say "don't do it anymore" is when someone wears offensive slogans on their clothes that have no place in a public place let alone a church.
Recently as I was doing a morning walk on my vacation, I saw on the back of a tee shirt an very offensive slogan about the body part of the young man running in front of me and what he desired people to do to it. Should we welcome him in our church with that tee shirt and its slogan? It was an obscene comment.
If someone is turning the reception of Holy Communion into a political act or a statement against the Church, should we not make clear what the Church teaches and politely ask the one being so offensive not to do it anymore even at the risk of making him or her feel unwelcome?
I know of many sinners who know they are sinners and when they enter the Church they kneel at the last pew and pray quietly to themselves, "have mercy on me a sinner." They don't flaunt their sins and ask that their sins be accepted. They have a right to be accepted though for the opporutnity to receive God's grace that will lead to repentance of sin and new life in Christ.
Thank God for the Sacrament of Penance. Chirst always welcomes the repentant sinner desiring to be made perfect by God's grace.
What do you think?