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Originally posted by MysticPearl
Does a Catholic priest have the right to deny communion to a lesbian woman at her mother's funeral?
To receive Communion worthily, you must be in a state of grace, have made a good confession since your last mortal sin, believe in transubstantiation, observe the Eucharistic fast, and, finally, not be under an ecclesiastical censure such as excommunication.
First, you must be in a state of grace. "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. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Cor. 11:27–28). This is an absolute requirement which can never be dispensed. To receive the Eucharist without sanctifying grace in your soul profanes the Eucharist in the most grievous manner.
A mortal sin is any sin whose matter is grave and which has been committed willfully and with knowledge of its seriousness. Grave matter includes, but is not limited to, murder, receiving or participating in an abortion, homosexual acts, having sexual intercourse outside of marriage or in an invalid marriage, and deliberately engaging in impure thoughts (Matt. 5:28–29). Scripture contains lists of mortal sins (for example, 1 Cor. 6:9–10 and Gal. 5:19–21). For further information on what constitutes a mortal sin, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Originally posted by blamethegreys
Aren't we to love the sinner?
So as far as he's concerned .. it was compassionate.
I don't understand your post, on the surface it seems to be mere name-calling, but you must have had a better idea than that. Please let me know what it was.
I don't find the idea of the priest being compassionate by causing pain to be completely unreasonable.
Many medical treatments cause short term pain to bring long term benefits. School is also often short term pain for the longer term benefit of having knowledge.
I think it could be argued that the priest was imposing short term pain to bring long term healing and knowledge.
You're quite right, normally it is. But did she tell the priest without any interest in repentance? Did the priest find out by her obvious public behavior? Some how, she made it the priest's business.
This decision was left to the member,not the pastor.Your relationship to the Lord is between you and Him not a third party.
And, as I mentioned above, the priest does tell everyone, before Communion, that if they are not in full union with the Church they should come up and ask only for a blessing.
reply to post by InfoKartel
TextWell, it's 2012 now and the digits are slowly coming in. Religiotards are a thing of the past and the free humans of today will make sure of it by exposing your words as nothing but hypocracy, jealousy, greed, sense of superiority, racism, sexism...all the things you claim to see in others.