Denial of Communion
Denial of Holy Communion
Refusal of Eucharist
Refusal of Communion
Obstinate Public Sinners
Manifest Grave Sin
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"Should the Holy
Eucharist be denied to public sinners over grave sin?"
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Yes. In fact, Canon
Law requires that obstinate public sinners be denied Holy Communion over
grave sin as per Canon 915...
"Can. 915 Those
who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration
of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are
not to be admitted to Holy Communion." (1983 Code of Canon Law, emphasis
Scripture says those who receive Holy Communion unworthily "will have to answer
for the body and blood of the Lord" (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:27), so denying
obstinate public sinners Holy Communion is actually an act of love towards them
and towards the Blessed Sacrament.
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