[quote="Hokomai, post:1, topic:296517"]
It is clear from many threads on CAF that the prohibition on taking part in the Eucharist for non-Catholics, and Catholics in some situations causes distress and confusion.
Could this not be overcome at least in part by the distribution to these people of unconsecrated bread and wine, with appropriate words being said (other than 'body of Christ etc)?
Leaving aside the obvious practical considerations (conventions for avoiding people getting muddled as to which was which etc) is there any reason why this could not be done? And if there is a rule against it, would it not be helpful if the rule were changed?
What would be the point? It would cause great confusion, anyway. The Eucharist is Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Anything else is totally irrelevant. The practicalities cannot be left aside, either. How could anyone know which to give to whom?
As far as I know there is no "rule" against it, since it would never have even occurred to anyone to do this. But it would not be helpful at all. If it was done, it could only lead to utter chaos and, most likely, scandal - if what was given to non-Catholics looked identical to the Eucharist. It could even lead to the Faith becoming diluted.
Non-Catholics and those Catholics who cannot receive the Eucharist just need to deal with that. Not Catholic? No Eucharist. Living in a state of mortal sin? No Eucharist. Just ate food or drunk anything other than plain water and so have not kept the fast? No Eucharist. The very fact of the strict rules that govern the receiving of Holy Communion has drawn many, many people to convert.
We can receive God Himself into our bodies! Why on earth would we try to placate those who cannot receive Him by giving them plain bread?