Thursday, August 5, 2004

St. Thomas Aquinas on Distribution of Communion to Sinners

I answer that, A distinction must be made among sinners: some are secret; others are notorious, either from evidence of the fact, as public usurers, or public robbers, or from being denounced as evil men by some ecclesiastical or civil tribunal. Therefore Holy Communion ought not to be given to open sinners when they ask for it.

Whether the priest ought to deny the body of Christ to the sinner seeking it?
Summa Theologica Third Part, Question 80, Article 6.

Special thanks to Josh M. of Fiat.

. . . and the USCCB needs a committee meeting to discern whether it is proper to do so?

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