There is absolutely no chance of getting HIV from the communion chalice.
No, google it, I’m with alot of people who are worried about this issue.
So much so that traditional Anglicanism now uses little cups to administer the Eucharist in lieu of a Chalice like they once did.
Alot of people are worried about this issue.
And the comments about “odd non-christian gay or homeless person” beggars belief. Possibly the least Christian, most judgemental comment I’ve ever heard.
I acknowledge I’m selfish, but when it comes to your life, you have a right.
I have a Lesbian friend who when on Holiday in Spain, took Holy Communion at Midnight Mass.
By the way, she’s an Atheist.
I didn’t say anything to her, but as a Protestant I shrieked inside.
We (like you) revere the Eucharist, and because the Priest doesn’t bless us before it to absolve us of sin, we are instead encouraged to ask ourselves if we are worthy of recieveing it - ie. have we forgiven those who have wronged us, have we asked for forgiveness to others, have we confessed our sins to God etc.
There have been times in the past when I was younger and have not taken the Eucharist of a Sunday because I felt I was not worthy due to unconfessed sins.
The fact is this, unfortunately in big city Churches there is alot of non-Christian visitors, which is a good thing indeed, but if they don’t understand the Eucharist they shouldn’t take it.
But … how can they know?
As a result, many homseless people come into church and take it, and depending on the proximity of your church to gay area of the city, you’ll have active homosexuals who may either be liberal christians or not coming in and taking the Eucharist thinking it will cleanse them of sin.
Now I’m a realist, and here are the facts.
I want every homeless person to get help and rejoin society, because life on the street is hard and very unhygenic.
Many homeless people unfortunately have mental problems, either the cause that drove them to street or caused by the street.
As a result of that, their judgement is questionable.
Also, life on the street, like other deprived situations (such as jail) doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth when drugs come along.
Do you think homeless people would care about sharing needles if the odd treat of heroin came along?
“No thanks mate, I’m not sure that needle is clean”
Also, some homeless people are homosexual, or have been ‘situational homosexuals’ in their day.
With homosexuals, especially the culture, it’s very, very reckless.
One of drugs and fornication.
Politcial Correctness who mark me as Satan himself for saying these things, but the fact is, if you had an open wound and a with a bloody nose walked past you and his blood touched your wound, you would freak.
Maybe you haven’t gone through a HIV test, I had a friend who did once and I went with him for the testing.
When you have reason to believe there might be a danger of having contracted the disease, it is utter hell.
You will never pray so hard in your whole life, my friend even broke down and cried in public. Thankfully he did not have it but said later that it was the worst 10 days (that’s how long the test takes) of his life.
Every day dragged on as slow as possible, and I watched him exhibit some strange behaviour, here was a non-catholic wearing two Rosaries around his neck nerly every day under his shirt - in short my friend had become desperate and anxious.
After seeing what he went through, I would never, ever want to be in a situation where there was a chance of contraction, if that makes me un-PC, so be it.
Best wishes, C.