I am unsure which of the forums to post this message into but since I'm writing from the perspective of a convert, I've decided to put it in this forum.
So, here's the deal. I'm a former evangelical-protestant who's been baptised in an evangelical church years ago but for lack of a better word describe myself as a 'catechumen', the more so because I would like to receive baptism upon my reception into the Orthodox Church (hopefully this year).
However, there's a couple of Catholic folks at the local parish I attend who have not converted but attend the services almost every week and are now receiving communion with no objections being raised at all. Initially I was somewhat confused as I didn't recall them converting.
When I asked one of them if they'd become Orthodox, that person was puzzled by my question! Clearly, he had not, and had no intention of doing so, since (and I quote) 'we're all God's children'. I avoided any further discussion because it would have lead me nowhere.
None of this is making any sense to me and I do not understand why the priest is allowing this. These Catholic people don't know better but he should. Either this is hyper-ecumenism at work and/or fear of alienating Catholics by refusing to give them communion.
Frankly, the whole thing bugs me. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do, i.e. abstain from communion as long as I'm not chrismated/baptised, yet these folks who will remain Catholic are receiving communion? I thought Orthodoxy practised closed communion?
What are your thoughts and what do you think I should do?