Why should Catholics exclude Protestants from receiving the Eucharist if the Eucharist is what is required for gaining eternal life? Who are we to deny anyone the Bread of Life? Why should we pray for unity among denominations if we're going to be so exclusive? Jesus didn't withhold Himself from anyone. There are plenty of Catholics who don't believe in the True Presence who are allowed to receive Him, so what about non-Catholics? Isn't Christ's body what unites the Catholic church? How can we expect unity among denominations if we deny to others what gives us unity? I feel like Jesus wouldn't discriminate. Plus, I've heard that receiving the Eucharist, regardless of whether one believes in it or not, benefits from it.
I know there is Scripture saying that we should be pure in receiving the Eucharist, but wouldn't that just entail that we've repented and genuinely want to do what Christ told us to do? People who love Jesus should be able to reach Him if they need Him.
I just think if Jesus told us we have to participate in the Eucharist to gain eternal life, we shouldn't make people jump through hoops to do it. He didn't.
We aren't acting very universal for a church that's named after universality.