Participation in Holy Communion by Unworthy Catholics

When questions about the eligibility of Christians to participate in sacramental Communion arise, they usually arise inter-ecclesially, that is, between entire Churches or ecclesial communities. These questions almost always turn on points of doctrine and are generally resolved at the institutional level. Because most believers abide by these organizational determinations, the divisions among Christians on points of belief do not degenerate into disruptions during each other’s Communion rites.

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