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Should a priest invite non-Catholics who believe in the Real Presence to receive Communion?

Question:

During a wedding rehearsal for a Catholic and non-Catholic, the priest invited the non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist at the nuptial Mass by saying &quot;Anyone who believes that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Jesus Christ is invited to receive Communion at the wedding.&quot; Should he have done this?<br />

Answer:

Such an invitation was inappropriate. The Eucharist is offered to non-Catholic Christians only under certain extraordinary circumstances provided for in canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law, which are not met in this circumstance. With a mixed marriage, a Catholic and a non-Catholic Christian usually are counseled to have a nuptial liturgy outside of Mass to avoid the problem of a significant portion of the congregation—including the bride or groom—being unable to receive Communion.

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