Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has criticised Munich Cardinal Marx and his allies who intend to “allow” Protestant Communion.
Chaput writes on FirstThings.com (May 23) that it is “a lie” to “insert a falsehood into the most solemn moment of one’s encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist”.
Protestant Communion says "‘I am in communion with this community,’ when one is demonstrably not in communion with that community.”
Chaput argues in six points against Protestant Communion,
1. Changing the conditions of receiving Communion redefines who and what the Church is.
2. Protestant Communion leads to Communion for all non-Catholics.
3. Protestant Communion adopts the Protestant notion that it is sufficient to be baptised and believe in Christ – without believing in Holy Orders.
4. Protestant Communion implies that Protestants presumably do not need to go to confession as a preparation for receiving Communion.
5. If the Church's teaching can be ignored in this case then any teaching can be re-negotiated.
6. Protestant Communion misleads the faithful because the differences between the Church and the Protestants are concealed.
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