Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has come to believe after a chat with a "bishop" of the local Methodist Church that this person shares "the Catholic Church’s belief and teaching on the Eucharist” - although this is not the teaching of the Methodists.
Napier asked in an email to ncregister.com (April 4) the question, "What good reason would I have for not giving him Holy Communion, if he were to say he needed to receive in order to save his soul?’”
According to Catholic doctrine, a Methodist who comes to this conclusion is obliged by God and his conscience to become a Catholic. Before receiving Holy Communion he needs to go to confession.
Nevertheless, Napier believes that the case of the Methodist leader is what the German bishops had in mind when they [abusively] introduced Holy Communion for Protestants.
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