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Wynn Englisbe wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it the worldwide practice of the Catholic Church to restrict the Eucharist Table to baptized Catholics?
  • If so, Is this Scripture-based or tradition-based?

Wynn

  { Is it the practice of the Catholic Church to restrict the Eucharist Table to baptized Catholics? }

Bob replied:

Wynn,

The practice is based on the nature on the Eucharist itself, it is a sign of unity and communion.

Those who don't share our beliefs are not in full communion with us, so it would be a false sign.

For those who do share our beliefs, baptism is the entry point. It is analogous to marriage:

first the vows, then the consummation of the marriage.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Dear Wynn,

Just to add to Bob's answer, your question implies an interest in receiving Holy Communion in our Church.

If that is the case:

It's great!

Mike

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