How do I deal with a priest who allows non-Catholics to receive Communion?


#1

I teach Theology at a Catholic high school. One of my responsibilities is to coordinate the Eucharistic Ministers. It came to my attention late last year that a faculty member who was always at daily mass but is not Catholic was receiving Holy Communion. In fact, one of the administrators proudly announced this fact as proof of “what a good guy” he is. Since finding this this fact out, we no longer have a daily mass but I still notice this man taking Communion when we do have a mass. Last week I actually panicked because I was going to minister the chalice and wondered to myself what I would/should do in the event he was in my line. Fortunately he wasn’t. I have been told that the priest who used to be full-time at our school had “an understanding” with this man and that this made it OK for him to take Communion. I don’t fault the man because, as a non-Catholic (and in fact a very faithful Christian and all-around decent human being) he cannot be expected to know the Church’s teaching regarding reception of Communion, especially if a priest has told him something contrary to the truth. Any suggestions about how to handle this?


#2

The following link should help answer your question. If you have any further questions, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

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Pastor said o.k. to give Communion no matter what religion

Who Can Receive Communion? from the Catholic Answers Library
Where can I find documentation that a non-Catholic should not receive Communion?


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