Most Catholics should not receive Holy Communion

In accordance with conscience, formed in the light of the teachings of Jesus and His Church, which persons should NOT be receiving holy Communion? This post is not on the topic of who may or may not receive Communion according to canon law. Rather, it is on the question of the worthiness of the individual before the eyes of God.

First of all, we poor sinners are never truly fully worthy to receive our Lord Jesus Christ into our meager souls. We are sinners, and we are full of imperfections in this our fallen state. Even the Blessed Virgin Mary, sinless and perfect, is not fully worthy, as she is a finite creature before an infinite God. All true. But when Jesus walked this earth, He touched lepers before He healed them. While they were still in a leprous state, he deigned to embrace the fallen imperfect sinners of this life. So we know that Jesus permits and desires us to receive holy Communion, despite being fallen imperfect sinners before the eyes of a just and merciful God.

Given that we should receive holy Communion despite our deplorable state as fallen imperfect sinners, who should nevertheless NOT receive holy Communion? I address this question to my fellow Catholics. My answer is according to my judgment as a faithful Catholic theologian and a fellow fallen sinner. The following persons should not receive holy Communion until and unless they repent from their grave sins.

1. Anyone who uses contraception of any kind.
2. Any married couples who use abortifacient contraception for any reason, even on the excuse of a medical purpose, while remaining sexually active.
3. Anyone who is having sexual relations outside of marriage — including pre-marital sex, masturbation, homosexual acts, and adultery.
4. Anyone who creates or distributes or uses pornography.
5. Any married couples who commit unnatural sexual acts within their marriage, regardless of whether these acts are committed in conjunction with an act of natural marital relations or not.
6. Anyone who is involved in artificial procreation: couple using or planning to use it, couples who have used it in the past, and medical personnel who are involved in it.
7. Anyone who has had an abortion, paid for abortion, performed an abortion, or has in any way formally cooperated with abortion.
8. Anyone who rejects the infallible teaching of the Magisterium against abortion, contraception, artificial procreation, and euthanasia, whether they say so publically or not.
9. Anyone who rejects the infallible teaching of the Magisterium against homosexual sexual acts and same-sex marriage, whether they say so publically or not.
10. Anyone who rejects the infallible teaching that Christ did not give his Church the authority to ordain women to the priesthood.
11. Anyone who rejects any Ecumenical Council, including the Second Vatican Council, under any excuse or explanation whatsoever.
12. Anyone who rejects Pope Francis, as if he were not a validly elected Pope and the true head of the Church on earth, with the same full authority to teach and correct as every successor of Saint Peter.
13. Anyone who rejects the infallible teaching of the Magisterium that certain types of acts are intrinsically evil and therefore always immoral.
14. Anyone who commits formal heresy on any topic and anyone who teaches heresy or leads others into heresy.
15. Anyone who adheres to a claimed private revelation that includes heretical or schismatic errors, or who in any way entices the faithful to follow a claimed visionary instead of the Pope and the Bishops.
16. Anyone who treats any other human person with a true and full malice or hatred or vindictiveness or contempt, regardless of the motivation or circumstances — including expressions made under cover of anonymity online.
17. Anyone who rejects Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Roman Catholic Magisterium as the threefold Teacher of Truth on all questions of faith, morals, and salvation.
18. Anyone who is divorced and remarried without an annulment.
19. As well as any other person who is guilty of committing any mortal sin, whether exterior or interior.

The above described persons should not receive holy Communion until and unless they repent from their grave sins. And if/when they do repent, they must (ordinarily) receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) before receiving Communion.

And, in my opinion,
20. anyone who has not validly received the Sacrament of Confession in more than a few months should not receive holy Communion until they’ve been to Confession.

I go to Mass and to Confession regularly. I see many persons at Mass; the pews are filled. I see very few persons at Confession. If I am late getting to Confession, do I need to be concerned that I will have to wait a long time in line? Unfortunately, there is little or no waiting. The priest sits in the confessional room with the door open, and few enter. Most of the time that he is in the confessional, he is alone. Everyone goes to Mass and few go to Confession.

Every Catholic should go to Confession at least once every three months, preferably once each month. If you have not been to Confession recently, you should not be receiving Communion. If you are the type of Catholic who regularly attends Mass but never goes to Confession, I don’t consider you to be a Catholic. You are an imposter, a false disciple, a “poser”.

Leadership positions in most of the parishes of the world are filled by Catholics, many of whom (in my estimation) never go to Confession. Many of these lay leaders reject the definitive teaching of the Church, especially any teaching that conflicts with the ideas of sinful secular society. Faithful Catholics who believe and practice the true Catholic Faith are in the minority, even among those Catholics who are considered to be lay leaders.

Most Catholics should not be receiving holy Communion. Most Mass-going Catholics should not be receiving holy Communion. Most of those persons who teach the Catholic faith in parishes, schools, universities and in print or online should not be receiving holy Communion. For they are guilty of grave unrepentant sin.

The Church is in a dire state right now. Most of her “teachers” are leading the sheep away from the Shepherd and the sheepfold. And very many Catholics are using the internet to spread false teachings on matters of faith, morals, and salvation.

{5:17} Do not think that I have come to loosen the law or the prophets. I have not come to loosen, but to fulfill.
{5:18} Amen I say to you, certainly, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota, not one dot shall pass away from the law, until all is done.
{5:19} Therefore, whoever will have loosened one of the least of these commandments, and have taught men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever will have done and taught these, such a one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
{5:20} For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed that of the scribes and the Pharisees you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

[1 Corinthians]
{11:26} For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he returns.
{11:27} And so, whoever eats this bread, or drinks from the cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be liable of the body and blood of the Lord.
{11:28} But let a man examine himself, and, in this way, let him eat from that bread, and drink from that cup.
{11:29} For whoever eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks a sentence against himself, not discerning it to be the body of the Lord.
{11:30} As a result, many are weak and sick among you, and many have fallen asleep.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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2 Responses to Most Catholics should not receive Holy Communion

  1. Michael says:

    Great post Ron. I agree 100%. I get so disappointed with my fellow “Catholics” when I go to confession and often I’m the only one there. At mass I hear people talking during the most sacred parts of the mass. A few weeks ago I was appalled at the girls being confirmed who were wearing tight mini skirts to the mass. Priests not only need to cracking down on this irreverant and ignorant behavior but there needs to be support at the Diocesean level by the Bishops as well.

  2. John Platts says:

    Catholic politicians who obstinately support direct abortion should also be denied communion. First, they are supporting an act that is intrinsically evil and always gravely immoral. Second, their support for legalized direct abortion is reasonably anticipated to result in many gravely bad consequences, including the deaths of many unborn babies and the commission of many intrinsically evil acts that are also always gravely immoral. Finally, these politicians are formally cooperating in the sin of abortion by promoting or approving of direct abortions.

    You have even mentioned on your post titled “All Are Not Welcome” that “Politicians and others who support abortion may not receive holy Communion. Supporting abortion is formal cooperation with grave sin.” Politicians who support abortion fall in category #7 in your list above, but some of these politicians also fall in categories #8, #13, and #14 in your list above.

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