[quote="jmcrae, post:15, topic:182062"]
I think part of why this happens is because priests don't like to give offense - and there are certain Protestants who are extremely vocal in taking offense. They really do see the Eucharist as a "joy-joy" thing that has nothing to do with Jesus, but just, it's exactly like passing a bottle of pop or something, when you are a little kid. If they pass it to you, you are "in" and if not, then you are "out," and they are that sensitive, cry-baby kid who really takes it personally - even if they don't even happen to like that kind of pop.
I think these priests just think, well, okay, I don't want a big loud tearful scene out on my front lawn, so, let Jesus know His own, and I'm staying out of it - if they eat and drink damnation upon themselves, that's their own problem; not mine. My experience, though, is that these priests make a special point of not asking people what religion they are, even if they don't appear to know how to receive correctly.
Interesting point you make of *"if they eat and drink damnation upon themselves, that's their own problem; not mine." *I was always taught if YOU cause someone to stumble the blame is on YOU. Didn't Jesus say that it would be better that a millstone be hung about the neck for that type of person? When I was ordained the bishop that ordained me asked before the service, "do you REALLY want to go through with this because now the greater responsibility is on you; you are the one handing out the Body of Christ and it cant be just to anyone, it has to be given in a worthy manner."
As to your point about priests not asking even if they don't appear to be receiving correctly; are you referring to the C&E Christians (Christmas and Easter) or just ones who show up or both. But lets assume you mean both. It always seems though you can spot a stranger to a liturgical church because they are always looking for the one little old lady who looks like they know what they are supposed to do (kneel or stand). In my wicked sense of humor, just one Easter service I would love to plant some people to do a moonwalk or something out of the ordinary to see how many visitors would follow blindly. I have never had the guts or irreverence to do that though.
I think though with some visitors to say a basilica you would tend to not know who is and is not a real Catholic to start with as nobody has some mark on their forehead. I would think a careful observer would know how to receive properly just by watching those around him/her. I know that the last time I visited Notre Dame U and went to a mass there; prior to distribution a "how to" lecture was given to visitors on how to receive the Eucharist. In that case who would know even then. They actually invited ALL but did say if you intend not to receive just fold your arms over yourself to receive a blessing. Never once did they say, non Catholics please do not receive.