Pauline asked:

Why can’t an outsider receive Holy Communion in a Catholic church?


Patrick Madrid replied:

"I’ll tell you what the bible says on that subject ... You probably know that Catholics believe at mass that the bread and the wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. We call that the Eucharist. So it’s no longer just a symbol of Jesus. It’s no longer just bread and wine ...

If it were just bread and wine we’d say come on in everybody. Feel free you can have some too. But because it has become the body and blood of Jesus we go by what the bible says ... I’ve got to take my stand on the word of God ... Saint Paul says in first Corinthians chapter 11 verse 27. He’s talking about the Eucharist and how it was established by Jesus beginning in verse 23, when he says, ‘this is my body which is for you do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also the chalice after super saying, this chalice is the new covenant in my blood, do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this chalice you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.’

Listen to what he says now in verse 27 he says, ‘whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself and so eat the bread and drink the cup ... for anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body ... anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgement upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill and some of you have died.’

... Now the Catholic church wants to look out for you. And doesn’t want you to do something, even if you’re doing it without realizing it you can still do something that is wrong and the Church doesn’t want you to do something that is going contrary to the Holy Bible."


Source material:

1 Corinthians 23
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for[c] you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.


Copyrights:

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)
The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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Show air date: August 28, 2013

Question appeared in show: 14:50


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