I had a heated debate with my father who is non Catholic a year or so when his cousin who is a priest had a special mass and according to my father the priest said that anyone who wanted to join in communion could do so (Catholic or non-Catholic). I told my father that a priest cannot make this determination on his own.
We have not spoke about this subject since. Now this past weekend I visited a different church in my diocese and the “pastors sharing” in the bulletin noted that this coming weekend, holy communion “will be offered to anyone that chooses”. I would like to go back to that church to discuss or clarify.
Maybe I was wrong all along and need to re-discuss with my father. However, if this is true, would permission be needed from the Bishop?