OK so I’m sure this is a touchy subject for some.
I have a friend that will be getting married to a man outside the church this year. My friend is CAtholic. Her fiance is not. They would be getting married in the church but he cannot get an annullment because he has been married like 5 or 6 times already.
So I understand the church’s teaching of do not receive communion while living in mortal sin. And obviously it is not for me or anyone else to judge whether one is living in mortal sin or not because we do not know one’s heart.
But this case intrigues me. There has always been a part of me that thinks that one should be able to receive communion even in mortal sin. That receiving the body of Christ is a very healing thing. We are all sinners and can receive the Lord with venial sins so why not mortal sins?
Well we were at this girl’s sister’s house this weekend and this topic came up. We all realize the church teaching but here is a twist! This girl’s uncle happens to be a bishop and he advised the family to allow her to take communion because it is the only time she will be able to receive the presence of the Lord!. This made me take a step back for several reasons. One, we also receive the lord in the word of God. Two, it surprised me that a bishop would tell someone it was OK to receive Eucharist while living in mortal sin.
So this was either told to them b/c he is torn on the subject or b/c he has compassion for a family member.
It is such a hard issue for me to grasp. Was the woman at the well not living in mortal sin? She received Christ. I don’t know. I see both sides of the coin on this topic and am hoping that maybe there is something I am missing or others that have felt the same way in the past.