[quote="sgcecilia, post:1, topic:307883"]
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.
My question to you is this:
Do you participate of the Eucharist if you are in a state of mortal sin without confessing first?
Do you recognize that the consacrated host IS the Body, Blood Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ?
Not represent, Not a commemoration His actual flesh and blood?
When you receive Holy Communion, you’re intimately united with Jesus Christ — he literally becomes part of you. Also, by taking Holy Communion, you express your union with all Catholics who believe the same doctrines, obey the same laws, and follow the same leaders. This sense of participation in a larger community is why Catholics (and Eastern Orthodox Christians) have a strict law that only people who are in communion with the Church can receive Holy Communion. In other words, only those who are united in the same beliefs are allowed to receive Holy Communion.
Do you know what are the Doctrines of Faith that we HAVE to assent to in order to be able to participate of the Eucharist?
Participating in the Eucharist with uncofessed mortal sin is a sacrilege and also a mortal sin.