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Can non-Catholic Christians receive communion in the Catholic Church?


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Re: Can non-Catholic Christians receive communion in the Catholic Church?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2012, 02:05:30 pm »
Yes, directly to God.1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

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Re: Can non-Catholic Christians receive communion in the Catholic Church?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2012, 11:00:50 pm »
Yes, directly to God.1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Mr. Daray, the question was if whether a brother christian can receive Communion in the One, Holy Roman Catholic Church. The question was not about forgiveness.

The Catholic Priest, in the sacrament of Penance, does not redeem us; he is but an agent of the one Mediator, assigned andempowered by the one Mediator.
Confession is but one way of applying the mediation of Christ to men - Baptism is another. A prominent protestant televangelist, arguing against the sacrament of Penance, used Acts 10 and Acts 16 as proof text, pointing out that Peter did not give absolution to Cornelius and Paul did not give absolution to the Philippian jailer. This is true; however, not for the reasoning implied. Both Cornelius and the jailer were being baptized, and confession is not necessary for Baptism since Baptism in itself forgives sin (original sin and any other sin personally committed before the Baptism).

Why not confess your sins directly to God in prayer?

By sin, it was God that was offended; and God set down the conditions for
forgiveness. You cannot insist of God that He forgive your sins on your own
conditions. And Jesus Christ did not bestow the power and responsibility to forgive
sins to the Apostles and their successors knowing that all one needed to do was to
seek forgiveness through prayer. The Church does not deny that sins will be
forgiven via prayer directly to God, given of course that there's true repentance
coupled with firm resolution to avoid this sin in the future; however, the only way
we can be sure of proper disposition of the forgiveness of sin with absolute certainty
is via the means established by Christ - the sacrament of Penance.



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