When I go to the local Anglican Use Church, I sometimes see Father Rob sometimes give the Eucharist to known non-Catholics (well, people he knows to be non-Catholic). I’ve expressed my concern about this more than once to him. He gives this answer, basically: that it’s not on his conscience whether he gives communion to the non-Catholic, but on the conscience of the person receiving it. That is, it’s their job, not his, to know what the Eucharist is, and to choose to or not to come up for it.
I do not like this, as it feels like Father is complicit in the non-Catholic’s non-conversion. But what Father says makes some logical sense. And it does make sense that when even a non-Catholic or a Catholic in mortal sin comes in contact with any sacrament, God will not allow it to occur in vain. Because in any sacrament, a man comes in contact with God.
Which leaves me with two questions:
Is Father right? Or is what I learned at St. Vincent of Lerins (a Western Rite Orthodox church) right - that people known to be outside of the Church, externally, should not be allowed to receive communion, regardless of the state of their conscience?
If Father is wrong, what ought I do about it? Go over his head?