Non-catholics and Eucharist


Why protestants children can’t receive holy Communion in Catholic Church? They are baptise in name of Trinity why we should we miss the children by this Great Gift only because their parents are heretics with full or are invincible ignorants?


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I know how Protestant see this open table and how see the Eucharist and they are heretics and wrong full knowledge or invincible ignorance idk. I ask about the children of heretics, they don’t see the difference, why they must be miss from this Holy Gift ? What is the problem is they receive holy communion and after a time receive Protestant “mass” they don’t see this difference because are baby or child… The Eucharist can work in soul anyway.


Despite their baptism, they’re not part of the Catholic Church, for one.


You need to agree with transubstantiation for one thing, very important. Can a child or baby understand this and agree?
As the other reply says, you need to be a Catholic to celebrate Mass.


Is there an age limit? Can a baby be given the host and drink the blood of Christ?
Ok sorry I’ve found my answer.


The administration of the Most Holy Eucharist to children requires that they have sufficient knowledge and careful preparation so that they understand the mystery of Christ according to their capacity and are able to receive the body of Christ with faith and devotion.

— Canon 913

A baby is too young to be able to understand and agree.


Infants receive the Holy Mystery of Communion in the eastern Catholic churches which have a different sacramental discipline than the Latin Church.

CCEO Canon 710 - With respect to the participation of infants in the Divine Eucharist after baptism and chrismation with holy myron, the prescriptions of the liturgical books of each Church sui iuris are to be observed with the suitable due precautions.


For baptism not require same?


I agree.
I hope that someone else more knowledgeable will help you with this.



When receiving the Eucharist we say Amen in response to hearing “The Body of Christ” as we are acknowledging that we believe in the Resl Prescence in the Eucharist and really are receiving the Body/Blood of Christ. It is impossible for a Protestant to truthfully say Amen in response as they do not recognize the Real Prescence of Christ in what they are receiving.

“Communion” in a Protestant service is just bread that symbolizes the Body of Christ. At Mass we aren’t receiving a “symbol” we are receiving the real thing, Not the same.


27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)

St Paul wrote against receiving Holy Communion “in an unworthy manner” and “without discerning the body.” When he speaks against receiving “in an unworthy manner,” he is probably speaking against receiving in a state of mortal sin. When he speaks against receiving “without discerning the body,” he is probably speaking against receiving without an understanding and acceptance of the Catholic teaching about the bodily (substantial) presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Jesus himself spoke against giving holy and valuable things to those who cannot discern between the holy and the profane or between the valuable and the valueless, saying, “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine…” (Matthew 7:6)


Infants have only original sin that must be forgiven in baptism. However they receive the Holy Spirit which will help them especially when the age of reason arrives. At that age the baptized must also act to avoid mortal sin by cooperating with the grace of baptism.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called.50 The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.51

1251 Christian parents will recognize that this practice also accords with their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them.52

1253 Baptism is the sacrament of faith.54 But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop. The catechumen or the godparent is asked: “What do you ask of God’s Church?” The response is: “Faith!”

1254 For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism. For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises. Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life. Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth.


A little off topic here, but since OP said it a handful of times…I thought non-Catholics were no longer considered heretics…is that wrong?


Pope Benedict didn’t think so:
"Protestantism has made an important contribution to the realization of Christian faith, fulfilling a positive function in the development of the Christian message and, above all, often giving rise to a sincere and profound faith in the individual non-Catholic Christian, whose separation from the Catholic affirmation has nothing to do with the pertinacia characteristic of heresy. Perhaps we may here invert a saying of St. Augustine’s: that an old schism becomes a heresy. The very passage of time alters the character of a division, so that an old division is something essentially different from a new one. Something that was once rightly condemned as heresy cannot later simply become true, but it can gradually develop its own positive ecclesial nature, with which the individual is presented as his church and in which he lives as a believer, not as a heretic. This organization of one group, however, ultimately has an effect on the whole. The conclusion is inescapable, then: Protestantism today is something different from heresy in the traditional sense, a phenomenon whose true theological place has not yet been determined.”


No they’re not, in so far as they were never under Church authority. But the beliefs they hold that are against the Church’s beliefs are still considered heretical.


in subsequent centuries much more serious dissensions made their appearance and quite large communities came to be separated from full communion with the Catholic Church - for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame. The children who are born into these Communities and who grow up believing in Christ cannot be accused of the sin involved in the separation, and the Catholic Church embraces upon them as brothers, with respect and affection. For men who believe in Christ and have been truly baptized are in communion with the Catholic Church even though this communion is imperfect.

This is the passage from Unitatis Redintegratio, Vatican 2’s Declaration on Ecumenism, that you are thinking of.

We need to be careful not to just assume that non-Catholics believe in radically different ways from us. They do not have the elaborate adoration practices that we have developed, but that does not mean they do not believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Many, if not most, Protestants can truthfully say amen when they are offered the Body of Christ.


Because they don’t believe as we do, and their parents aren’t teaching them to believe as we do.


Protestant children grow up, usually to be Protestant adults.

Would it really make sense to allow Protestant children to receive communion as minors, only to excommunicate them at age 18 if they don’t convert?


Do they wish to become Catholic?


1212 The sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - lay the foundations of every Christian life. "The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity."3
3 Paul VI, apostolic constitution, Divinae consortium naturae : AAS 63 (1971) 657; cf. RCIA Introduction 1-2.

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