Salve, everyone! This is my first post on this Forum - - - so I’ll jump right in.
This past Saturday, at Confession, I briefly mentioned to the priest (one to whom I’ve never confessed before) that, while in a state of mortal sin, I naturally abstain from taking the Sacred Elements at Mass. He told me that the Church has provided the option that those who, while nonetheless in a state of mortal sin, intend to go to Confession ASAP can receive the Elements at Mass. He added that although the Church provides this option, some people choose not to take advantage of it because they feel it’s wrong.
Well, I suppose I fit into that category, at least until further notice and edification. I have never heard that anyone can commune while in a state of mortal sin, regardless of whether he intends to confess ASAP. I’ve always understood that Christ our God cannot co-mingle with mortal sin, and that this is the reason those in mortal sin abstain from Communion. Of course the scriptural references come into play concerning the damage to the souls of those who commune unworthily - - - but this was shocking to me to hear from a priest. I asked him to clarify the matter in hope that I misunderstood him (he was an African priest with a heavy accent) and he repeated it once more.
So, is this a legitimate practice? I’ve studied Catholicism for years, and I’ve never heard of this option. What do y’all think?
Thanks and God bless,