I would like to know why the Catholic Church insists that those in a state of mortal sin should not receive Holy Communion. I know what St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians as well as what other saints have stated, but Jesus didn’t send Judas away at the Last Supper. Also as we read in the Gospels, he ate with sinners and He himself said that He has come for sinners and not the righteous. So why has the Church decided to keep sinners away from receiving the Lord within themselves?
I am not against confession as I understand this is definitely needed for forgiveness of our sins.
I know of a Catholic lady who said she had not been for confession for a long time but always attended Sunday Mass because she wanted to receive the Lord. She said she experienced a sense of comfort and peace. Experiences in her personal life had led her to understand that a deep sorrow for sins and a good Act of Contrition was enough. Eventually of course she went for confession.
Could this not have been the Lord working in her who gave her guidance?
I personally feel we should allow the Lord to work within those sinners receiving Him. Who is man that he should keep his fellow brethren away from our Redeemer?
What are your views?