Friday, December 4, 2015
FOLLOWING ONE'S CONSCIENCE IS A TWO WAY STREET!
Well, priests have consciences too. If I had a Protestant spouse who presented himself for Holy Communion, I wouldn't make a scene but I would discuss the reasons why. In good conscience I would tell him or her that she or he shouldn't recieve Holy Communion but may seek a blessing at Communion time. I would tell the spouse that in good conscience I could not give them Holy Communion but would offer a blessing instead.
Then I would insist that if the non Catholic spouse wants to receive Holy Communion in the Catholic Church that our good Lord must be calling her to full Communion with the Church and I would recommend catechesis and full communion through profession of faith, Confirmation and then Holy Communion.
But in good conscience I could not give non-Catholics Holy Communion on a regular basis unless they availed themselves to a canonical process and ultimately my bishop approved of them receiving.