[quote="tafan, post:10, topic:189898"]
I too was a little caught off guard by the word dangerous in this post, and it made me think a little bit. After a little thought, I have decided I agree with Khrystyne and here is my reasoning (but by no means am I trying to speak for Khrystyne).
Why is it dangerous for a non-Catholic to receive communion?
Well, first of all, we can probably presume that the non-Catholic in question does not understand the significance of what he/she is doing, so as long as no malicious intent is involved, I would not say it is necessarily dangerous to his/her soul.
But, it is dangerous in the following two ways (there may be others):
1) we do believe the eucharist is Christ and as such must be treated with the utmost respect. If wide-spread reception of the Eucharist occurs by those who do not share the belief, there will obviously be more instances of absue of the hosts, since it just isn't that important to these people.
2) It is dangerous in that it engenders a false since of unity, which in turn harms true ecemunical action. Communion is a (perhaps the) sign of unity of faith. Reception of communion across the boundaries of our faiths in a very real way hides the scandal of disunity among christians. But this is not something to be hidden, as such it will never be solved.
I was told by my priest years ago that it is dangerous to consume the Eucharist if you are in mortal sin, "it" the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ would condemn a person at death due to being in the state of mortal sin. Thinking of a protestant person consuming the Eucharist (someone who protests the Church) thinking the Eucharist is only a wafer would not negate what the Eucharist actually is, Jesus Christ.
The Catholic Church is not just another Christian denominaton, the Catholic Church is THE church which Christ founded regardless if you believe it or not, to your own souls detriment.
I wouldn't want to assume or take lightly such an irreverant act for the sake of my eternal soul.