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I've never seen someone totally denied Holy Communion, although I did see one Priest appear to demand a young guy remove his hat before receiving Holy Communion (Novus Oreo Mass). 

I only ask, because I would imagine there are a LOT of people receiving the Body of Christ in mortal sin.
(10-24-2017, 06:23 PM)PFultonFan Wrote: [ -> ]I've never seen someone totally denied Holy Communion, although I did see one Priest appear to demand a young guy remove his hat before receiving Holy Communion (Novus Oreo Mass). 

I only ask, because I would imagine there are a LOT of people receiving the Bosy of Christ in mortal sin.

Sad that someone has to be told to remove his hat before receiving, but not surprising.

 I had a priest tell me personally not to receive communion while at the same time he was telling me  “you must leave this confessional”! He would not hear my confession and said both it and my previous communions were received unworthily, and could receive no more until I fixed my situation and married the non catholic I was living with.  He was very polite, but very FIRM, and he physically escorted me out of the confessional (reconciliation room: this was many years ago, before attending an SSPX chapel on a full time basis). He then gave me a blessing, and told me to get things straight before coming back to the sacraments.

My wife at the time was adamently against getting married in the Catholic Church.  I credit his blessing with turning the tide, cause when I went home and told her, she just said ok. 

I don’t know this priests name, but I beleive he was from the diocese of Vancouver, and travelled for many retreats.  He was an older priest giving a day retreat, talked about the Devil, the perversion of youth in society,  and the family for three hours, and spent the rest of the day hearing confession.  One unique thing he did, incase anyone can help identify him, after his last talk, he sang Schubert’s Ave Maria from start to finish, unaccompanied, and very piously. Does he sound familiar to anyone? 

The parish priest never took this approach with either confession or communion. I always received the sacraments unworthily withou rebuke. it was a first hand experience of the true meaning of how adherence to doctrine save souls, and the approach of accommodation to “meet the spiritual needs of the faithful” is false charity if you lose your soul in the process through inaction.  All priests would do well to uphold teaching if they truly want to have an impact.

True Story.
Years ago, I was in the south of France.  A man approached for communion at the end of the line and the priest just looked very sad and shook his head.  The man, looking downcast, left the church.  I remember praying for both of them as it seemed to pain them both horribly.
A priest is bound to give Communion to someone who presents himself unless :
  • He is a heretic or schismatic
  • He is clearly not prepared for Communion (e.g. very immodestly dressed)
  • He is a well-known public sinner (or promotes positions contrary to the Catholic Faith or Morals)
Even if the priest privately knows that a person asking for Communion is certainly in the state of mortal sin, he cannot publicly refuse. To do so would be to reveal his sin.

It goes to show how much Christ does not want to prevent a sinner from converting, that he would rather the man's good name be kept than the sacrilege of a bad Communion.
I saw a priest deny someone Holy Communion in the 1970s. Then at the end of mass he made an announcement that only Catholics are allowed to receive communion in a Catholic church.