Wednesday, October 11, 2017
TO TAKE COMMUNION OR TO RECIEVE COMMUNION: THAT IS THE QUESTION AND MANY MORE
I was listening today to Gus Lloyd of XM Satellite Catholic Radio about non Catholics receiving Holy Communion. He wanted to know from callers if they had witnessed non Catholics receiving Holy Communion or not.
Many said they did, especially at weddings and funerals or guests at Sunday Mass, especially if no announcement was made about who qualifies to receive in the Catholic Church.
I hope that everyone knows that for priests today to be ordained, in most dioceses seminarians must have three years of philosophy and four years of theology with a pastoral year somewhere within the last four years, making it a 5th year or 8th year depending on when you begin counting.
Yet, we invite volunteers to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and to bring Holy Communion to hospitals, nursing homes and to the home-bound. They don't need one ounce of seminary whatsoever. And their preparation for this ministry varies from parish to parish, either just the mechanics of how to distribute Holy Communion to a simple 45 minute preparation on this ministry.
Thus a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion told Gus Lloyd that she on her own regularly gives Holy Communion to non-Catholics because Jesus wouldn't enter into a theological debate with anyone who wanted to receive Him.
Why in the name of God and all that is holy do deacons, priests and bishops need such an elaborate education, formation and knowledge of Church law when you can simply act like a priest with none of that and be as authoritative in your ignorance as you please and proclaim it from the rooftop on a national radio program?
And many of the callers spoke of "taking" Holy Communion rather than "receiving" Holy Communion. Does the terminology even matter???????