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Reply #39: Correct, but if you go to take Communion the Priest MUST give it with one exception [View All]

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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-21-10 12:41 PM
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39. Correct, but if you go to take Communion the Priest MUST give it with one exception
And that exception is that the Priest KNOWNS you are NOT in Communion. In any such dispute, the burden of proof in on the Priest AND it is automatic Ex-communication if the Priest denies Communion to a person in full communion. In simple terms if someone goes to the Alter, the Priest will give Communion. When a person is in ex-communication he or she is still expected to go to church (how else can they seek forgiveness?) but is told NOT to take communion. Thus the burden is on the person seeking Communion NOT the person giving it.

Just a note on the concept of Catholic ex-communication. One further comment, till the Middle Ages, Christians also separated into Males and Female Groups inside Churches. Sometime during the "Dark Ages" this changed to all male and female groups (With young children with their mothers) to Families going together. The Middle Ages is considered the high point of Women's Rights till the 1800s. With the re-introduction of Roman Law during the Renaissance (And the conversion of Military duties to taxes) you saw a decline in Women's rights (For example a man had the duty to perform any military duty his wife's ownership of land required, thus men received full use of her land for he had to perform the military duties tied in with that land, when this military duty was converted to taxes, women could pay taxes as while as men but the law as to the husband's full use of her land did NOT change. Thus women lost rights when such military duty was converted to taxes). Just a comment on how women and men have been treated within the Christian community and how that has changed over the last 2000 years.
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