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Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:36:11 AM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 11:38:21 AM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 02:16:50 PM »
Out of courtesy,  of nothing else, you should ask the priest first.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 02:23:22 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

That is what most folks miss.  Some Catholics who become aware of this think they can just show up in an Orthodox Church and receive.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 02:42:17 PM »
Nevermind.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2013, 03:45:14 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 03:51:45 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.

You'd try...
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 05:14:03 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.

You'd try...

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Who would try what?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2013, 06:03:30 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.
True, but do the canons state that the Catholic should ask permission of the Orthodox priest?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 06:04:11 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.
True, but do the canons state that the Catholic should ask permission of the Orthodox priest?

No.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 10:54:24 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.
True, but do the canons state that the Catholic should ask permission of the Orthodox priest?

Well, I think it goes without saying that it would be wrong for a Catholic to claim to be Orthodox in order to receive.

As far as the possibility of a Catholic simply presenting himself/herself to an Orthodox priest for communion, in the hope that the priest will give him/her communion without asking, I think that would be wrong too -- although I had encountered Catholics who think it isn't (!). (Actually, I recall two different conversations about that on another website.)
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2013, 10:06:36 PM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.   

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2013, 10:33:11 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

True. In fact, I don't believe we have any canons that tell Orthodox priests what they should or shouldn't do.

You'd try...
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 10:35:48 PM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.   


"Properly educated"?

By whom?

I knew several Catholics who would imitate the Orthodox in such a way that the Orthodox Priest had no clue that they were not Orthodox. They would line up for communion, blend in with the regular parishioners, imitate them to the "t", and if the Priest asked him who their bishop was, they would give the first name of their Roman prelate and be given Holy Communion without any further questions. Sometimes the priest would come over to the newcomer during coffee hour and discover the truth from them or from their friends, but oftentimes, if the newcomer did not stay for coffee hour, this behavior would continue.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 10:39:05 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

That is what most folks miss.  Some Catholics who become aware of this think they can just show up in an Orthodox Church and receive.

Exactly. And the monthly paper missal found in Catholic pews (that I have seen) does not mention that a Catholic should have permission from the Orthodox Priest or the Orthodox Bishop.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2013, 10:43:40 PM »
Except they are forgetting the part where most Priests and Bishops wouldn't administer the Sacraments to non-Orthodox Christians. Likewise, wouldn't most Traditionalist Thomas RC's not want to partake of our Eucharist?
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2013, 11:29:53 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
     Maybe there is no canon law specifically about cross-communion, but how about the priest's ordination?  Consider what is said and done in this quote from the goarch.org website, liturgical texts for the ordination of a priest:
After the consecration of the Eucharist, the bishop places the body of Christ into the new priest's hands with the following admonition:
Bishop: "Receive this Divine Trust, and guard it until the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, at which time He will demand It from you."


     In the Antiochian liturgical text, found in the Hapgood liturgicon, the admonition by the bishop is a bit different, and a bit more stern:
"Receive thou this pledge, and preserve it whole and unharmed until thy last breath, because thou shalt be held to an accounting therefore in the second and terrible Coming of our great Lord, God, and Saviour, Jesus Christ."

     It is the priest's most sacred and basic duty to preserve the Body and Blood of Jesus, until He returns.  Were I a priest or deacon, I would be VERY careful about communing anyone I wasn't sure of.  Yes, yes, there have been discussions for years about allowing Catholics and Orthodox into each other's Communion lines.  I have had arguments with prominent members of the Parish Council in a previous hometown, since we had Melkites and Maronites and Syriacs in town.  Talk about total confusion!
     It seems to be a falsehood to commune someone with whom we are not in total union.
     Just sayin', I could be wrong.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2013, 01:40:13 AM »
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2013, 02:12:01 AM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.  


"Properly educated"?

By whom?

I knew several Catholics who would imitate the Orthodox in such a way that the Orthodox Priest had no clue that they were not Orthodox. They would line up for communion, blend in with the regular parishioners, imitate them to the "t", and if the Priest asked him who their bishop was, they would give the first name of their Roman prelate and be given Holy Communion without any further questions. Sometimes the priest would come over to the newcomer during coffee hour and discover the truth from them or from their friends, but oftentimes, if the newcomer did not stay for coffee hour, this behavior would continue.

Wow, they should have spent an afternoon with my late Irish grandfather and they would never have tried that charade again.  I went to Catholic high school and grew up Irish Catholic'ed on one side of my family.  
Both would have harsh things to say to those pretenders at your parish.  What ever happen to good ol' Irish style Catholicism? did it get replaced with "I can do as I wish" Catholicism?

Interestingly this could be a new thread but there are many similarities between the Irish style Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy.  Neither have room for "what feels good for me works".
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2013, 02:35:53 AM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.  


"Properly educated"?

By whom?

I knew several Catholics who would imitate the Orthodox in such a way that the Orthodox Priest had no clue that they were not Orthodox. They would line up for communion, blend in with the regular parishioners, imitate them to the "t", and if the Priest asked him who their bishop was, they would give the first name of their Roman prelate and be given Holy Communion without any further questions. Sometimes the priest would come over to the newcomer during coffee hour and discover the truth from them or from their friends, but oftentimes, if the newcomer did not stay for coffee hour, this behavior would continue.

Wow, they should have spent an afternoon with my late Irish grandfather and they would never have tried that charade again.  I went to Catholic high school and grew up Irish Catholic'ed on one side of my family.  
Both would have harsh things to say to those pretenders at your parish.  What ever happen to good ol' Irish style Catholicism? did it get replaced with "I can do as I wish" Catholicism?

Interestingly this could be a new thread but there are many similarities between the Irish style Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy.  Neither have room for "what feels good for me works".

These were "cafeteria" Catholics who were involved in the Ecumenical movement and in the Charismatic movement in Los Angeles. They sincerely believed, but they were sincerely wrong, that union between Orthodox and Catholics had occurred with the lifting of the anathamas in the early 1960s by the Pope of Rome and the EP.

Some of these folks were Eastern Catholics who had been rejected by their local Catholic Church, which told them to go back to the Orthodox Church. In fact, the local OCA parish told me that quite a few Eastern Catholics joined their parish that way and were part of their founding members.

By the way, the North Hollywood Roman Catholic Church of St. Charles Borromeo was teaching their parishioners back in the mid-1990s and earlier not to attend the Melkite Greek Catholic Church down the street as those folks were not considered to be Roman Catholic but Eastern Orthodox, and worse, that they would incur excommunication if they did attend that church. The Melkite Bishop was furious when he learned of this, and wrote a letter to Cardinal Mahony. I was a Melkite at that time and our entire parish was informed about this serious error. However, the problem continued, and a year later, a cradle born Melkite Catholic was confirmed at St. Charles Borromeo before her marriage. Then our parish learned that two Melkite Greek Catholics were given First Holy Communion and Confirmed even though they had received the Sacraments of Initiation at St. Anne in North Hollywood. The reason given for their participation in Roman Catholic sacraments: their parents would be given a discount in parochial school tuition.  :'(

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2013, 02:42:37 AM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.  


"Properly educated"?

By whom?

I knew several Catholics who would imitate the Orthodox in such a way that the Orthodox Priest had no clue that they were not Orthodox. They would line up for communion, blend in with the regular parishioners, imitate them to the "t", and if the Priest asked him who their bishop was, they would give the first name of their Roman prelate and be given Holy Communion without any further questions. Sometimes the priest would come over to the newcomer during coffee hour and discover the truth from them or from their friends, but oftentimes, if the newcomer did not stay for coffee hour, this behavior would continue.

Wow, they should have spent an afternoon with my late Irish grandfather and they would never have tried that charade again.  I went to Catholic high school and grew up Irish Catholic'ed on one side of my family.  
Both would have harsh things to say to those pretenders at your parish.  What ever happen to good ol' Irish style Catholicism? did it get replaced with "I can do as I wish" Catholicism?

Interestingly this could be a new thread but there are many similarities between the Irish style Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy.  Neither have room for "what feels good for me works".

These were "cafeteria" Catholics who were involved in the Ecumenical movement and in the Charismatic movement in Los Angeles. They sincerely believed, but they were sincerely wrong, that union between Orthodox and Catholics had occurred with the lifting of the anathamas in the early 1960s by the Pope of Rome and the EP.

Some of these folks were Eastern Catholics who had been rejected by their local Catholic Church, which told them to go back to the Orthodox Church.

In fact, the North Hollywood Roman Catholic Church of St. Charles Borromeo was teaching their parishioners back in the mid-1990s and earlier not to attend the Melkite Greek Catholic Church down the street as those folks were not considered to be Roman Catholic but Eastern Orthodox, and worse, that they would incur excommunication if they did attend that church. The Melkite Bishop was furious when he learned of this, and wrote a letter to Cardinal Mahony. I was a Melkite at that time and our entire parish was informed about this serious error. However, the problem continued, and a year later, a cradle born Melkite Catholic was chrismated at St. Charles Borromeo before her marriage. Then our parish learned that two Melkite Greek Catholics were given First Holy Communion and Confirmed even though they had received the Sacraments of Initiation at St. Anne in North Hollywood. The reason given for their participation in Roman Catholic sacraments: their parents would be given a discount in parochial school tuition.  :'(



Here we have Greek Catholic parishes across the street from the Roman Catholic churches in a few places.  The Roman priests send an invitation from the GC priest to come attend lenten services.  No one shows.
Most Roman Catholics don't know anything about the Greek Catholic church.  At my great aunt's funeral at the Greek Catholic church most of the people there were her Orthodox family and those that went Roman.  Only the Greek Catholics from the parish got communion even though the priest told them that Roman Catholics could commune before he gave out communion.

Cafeteria Catholics? The only ones I have seen were at Greek Catholic parishes attempting to latinize it with their wants.
I haven't really experienced what you describe.  There was some crazy stuff with the last Latin Rite bishop but the new guy leveled it out.  Still have girl altarboys but other than that it's pretty tame.  But nothing like I see people talk about on the internet.
Sounds like the bull against the Melkite parish is just a modern day version of what all the Slavic Greek Catholic churches here experienced 60-100 years ago.  History repeats itself usually with different names and titles but the players and plot never really change.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2013, 11:49:49 AM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.   


"Properly educated"?

By whom?

I knew several Catholics who would imitate the Orthodox in such a way that the Orthodox Priest had no clue that they were not Orthodox. They would line up for communion, blend in with the regular parishioners, imitate them to the "t", and if the Priest asked him who their bishop was, they would give the first name of their Roman prelate and be given Holy Communion without any further questions. Sometimes the priest would come over to the newcomer during coffee hour and discover the truth from them or from their friends, but oftentimes, if the newcomer did not stay for coffee hour, this behavior would continue.

They're probably spies sent by the Vatican to infiltrate and subvert Orthodoxy  ;D ;D.
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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2013, 12:01:01 PM »
Nothing Cardinal Mahony or his minions did/do surprise me anymore.
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« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2013, 12:26:59 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
But if Canon Law in the Roman Catholic Church allows for a Roman Catholic to commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish, then where's the problem (from the Catholic perspective)?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2013, 12:37:20 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
But if Canon Law in the Roman Catholic Church allows for a Roman Catholic to commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish, then where's the problem (from the Catholic perspective)?

That the Catholic perspective is not the only one that should be respected, and hence, as a guest, the visiting member from the Roman Catholic communion is bound to respect the prerogatives of the Orthodox Church and not receive there.

We have regular Catholic visitors to our liturgy, and this is never an issue with them. It seems that some people just want to do whatever they want, simply because their church says they can. If you're not in the Orthodox Church, it doesn't matter what your church says about visiting one. You come to our church, you follow our rules, most definitely including those rules about who can receive and who cannot.


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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2013, 03:29:54 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
But if Canon Law in the Roman Catholic Church allows for a Roman Catholic to commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish, then where's the problem (from the Catholic perspective)?

That the Catholic perspective is not the only one that should be respected, and hence, as a guest, the visiting member from the Roman Catholic communion is bound to respect the prerogatives of the Orthodox Church and not receive there.

We have regular Catholic visitors to our liturgy, and this is never an issue with them. It seems that some people just want to do whatever they want, simply because their church says they can. If you're not in the Orthodox Church, it doesn't matter what your church says about visiting one. You come to our church, you follow our rules, most definitely including those rules about who can receive and who cannot.



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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2013, 03:50:48 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
But if Canon Law in the Roman Catholic Church allows for a Roman Catholic to commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish, then where's the problem (from the Catholic perspective)?

That the Catholic perspective is not the only one that should be respected, and hence, as a guest, the visiting member from the Roman Catholic communion is bound to respect the prerogatives of the Orthodox Church and not receive there.

We have regular Catholic visitors to our liturgy, and this is never an issue with them. It seems that some people just want to do whatever they want, simply because their church says they can. If you're not in the Orthodox Church, it doesn't matter what your church says about visiting one. You come to our church, you follow our rules, most definitely including those rules about who can receive and who cannot.



Catholic Canon Law only deals with Roman Catholics.  So if they say RCs may receive from the Orthodox, that is just what it is saying.  Basically it makes clear that RCs are not excommunicated for participating in Orthodox Communion, as opposed to participating in an Anglican or Lutheran one.  Now it wouldn't make a pronouncement binding Orthodox clergy to give the Eucharist to Catholics.  Thats just silly and the Vatican isn't that stupid.  They're just saying that there is nothing wrong for Catholics to receive from the Orthodox.  Definitely the issue of whether the Orthodox would commune Catholics is up to the Orthodox and the Vatican knows that it is beyond their control.  But it does happen.  So for them just reassure their faithful that if that opportunity does arise, then there is nothing wrong with it.

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« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2013, 04:06:02 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
But if Canon Law in the Roman Catholic Church allows for a Roman Catholic to commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish, then where's the problem (from the Catholic perspective)?

That the Catholic perspective is not the only one that should be respected, and hence, as a guest, the visiting member from the Roman Catholic communion is bound to respect the prerogatives of the Orthodox Church and not receive there.

We have regular Catholic visitors to our liturgy, and this is never an issue with them. It seems that some people just want to do whatever they want, simply because their church says they can. If you're not in the Orthodox Church, it doesn't matter what your church says about visiting one. You come to our church, you follow our rules, most definitely including those rules about who can receive and who cannot.



Catholic Canon Law only deals with Roman Catholics.  So if they say RCs may receive from the Orthodox, that is just what it is saying.  Basically it makes clear that RCs are not excommunicated for participating in Orthodox Communion, as opposed to participating in an Anglican or Lutheran one.  Now it wouldn't make a pronouncement binding Orthodox clergy to give the Eucharist to Catholics.  Thats just silly and the Vatican isn't that stupid.  They're just saying that there is nothing wrong for Catholics to receive from the Orthodox.  Definitely the issue of whether the Orthodox would commune Catholics is up to the Orthodox and the Vatican knows that it is beyond their control.  But it does happen.  So for them just reassure their faithful that if that opportunity does arise, then there is nothing wrong with it.

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« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2013, 04:19:14 PM »
     Yes, I have seen other discussions about getting into line in an Orthodox Church for Communion, but stop and think of the word: Com-Union, or union with.  Are the churches involved united in faith, the Orthodox faith?   If your church is not in union with the one you are visiting, then your reception of Christ's Body and Blood condemns you. 
But if Canon Law in the Roman Catholic Church allows for a Roman Catholic to commune in an Eastern Orthodox parish, then where's the problem (from the Catholic perspective)?

That the Catholic perspective is not the only one that should be respected, and hence, as a guest, the visiting member from the Roman Catholic communion is bound to respect the prerogatives of the Orthodox Church and not receive there.

We have regular Catholic visitors to our liturgy, and this is never an issue with them. It seems that some people just want to do whatever they want, simply because their church says they can. If you're not in the Orthodox Church, it doesn't matter what your church says about visiting one. You come to our church, you follow our rules, most definitely including those rules about who can receive and who cannot.



Catholic Canon Law only deals with Roman Catholics.  So if they say RCs may receive from the Orthodox, that is just what it is saying.  Basically it makes clear that RCs are not excommunicated for participating in Orthodox Communion, as opposed to participating in an Anglican or Lutheran one.  Now it wouldn't make a pronouncement binding Orthodox clergy to give the Eucharist to Catholics.  Thats just silly and the Vatican isn't that stupid.  They're just saying that there is nothing wrong for Catholics to receive from the Orthodox.  Definitely the issue of whether the Orthodox would commune Catholics is up to the Orthodox and the Vatican knows that it is beyond their control.  But it does happen.  So for them just reassure their faithful that if that opportunity does arise, then there is nothing wrong with it.

And that is the problem. That is why Orthodox Priests must guard the chalice with diligence.

Fact is, there are Orthodox priests/bishops/parishes out there that commune Catholics.

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« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2013, 04:34:20 PM »
Why don't you name them so we can verify if it is a Fact as you say.

If you do not want to believe me, that is okay.  But I won't name them because already by this tone I know this will create a controversy and people will make it a big deal even though it has been happening for quite some time and because most people are oblivious to the fact, life happily goes on.  But it does happen and I have talked to people who have attested to this.

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« Reply #31 on: January 30, 2013, 04:52:08 PM »
In my view, Choy, the key is as you say: that the RCC would not dream of making rules which try to tell the Orthodox what they should do with RC visitors. Therefore, as we can assume that the RCC would not tell its communicants to disrespect the Orthodox by assuming that just because the RCC view says it would be okay to receive, then they can receive, then we must see that the RC visitor comply with the Orthodox rule and not even try it (and that they be refused, should they think somehow that they can receive). It really does not matter at all what the RCC says is okay for its communicants to do in an Orthodox church. It matters what the Orthodox say is okay to do, and the Orthodox say that only Orthodox may receive.

To the extent that anything else happens, that is between the priest, his bishop, and God, but I will tell you this: Knowing that any uncanonical/out the ordinary arrangement depends on local circumstances, and with the full knowledge of both bishops (e.g., Copts here in Albuquerque used to receive at the Greek Orthodox church before we had our own; now that we do, that arrangement is void), there is virtually no circumstance on earth in which a Roman Catholic should even consider receiving from an Orthodox priest, and no circumstance in which an Orthodox priest should grant that. Yes, yes...a traveling Roman Catholic stranded in the most remote Siberia, fine...but even then, that is entirely at the priest's discretion, and the more Catholics hear "but I know that some Orthodox allow Catholics to receive", the more they're likely to get the impression that it is just a matter of showing to the right priest or at the right time or whatever. It isn't, so please don't post your anecdotes that make it seem like it is. Heretics ought not treat the Orthodox Church as a some sort of Sacramental lottery.
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« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2013, 04:57:14 PM »
In my view, Choy, the key is as you say: that the RCC would not dream of making rules which try to tell the Orthodox what they should do with RC visitors. Therefore, as we can assume that the RCC would not tell its communicants to disrespect the Orthodox by assuming that just because the RCC view says it would be okay to receive, then they can receive, then we must see that the RC visitor comply with the Orthodox rule and not even try it (and that they be refused, should they think somehow that they can receive). It really does not matter at all what the RCC says is okay for its communicants to do in an Orthodox church. It matters what the Orthodox say is okay to do, and the Orthodox say that only Orthodox may receive.

To the extent that anything else happens, that is between the priest, his bishop, and God, but I will tell you this: Knowing that any uncanonical/out the ordinary arrangement depends on local circumstances, and with the full knowledge of both bishops (e.g., Copts here in Albuquerque used to receive at the Greek Orthodox church before we had our own; now that we do, that arrangement is void), there is virtually no circumstance on earth in which a Roman Catholic should even consider receiving from an Orthodox priest, and no circumstance in which an Orthodox priest should grant that. Yes, yes...a traveling Roman Catholic stranded in the most remote Siberia, fine...but even then, that is entirely at the priest's discretion, and the more Catholics hear "but I know that some Orthodox allow Catholics to receive", the more they're likely to get the impression that it is just a matter of showing to the right priest or at the right time or whatever. It isn't, so please don't post your anecdotes that make it seem like it is. Heretics ought not treat the Orthodox Church as a some sort of Sacramental lottery.

I'm not trying to make it seem it happens all the time.  I'm just saying, it does happen and we shouldn't pretend that it never happens.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2013, 05:15:22 PM »
Ironically, even with their blatant rejection and disregard for anything Sacramental, I've never seen a single Protestant visitor at my Church attempt to receive the Eucharist, whereas Roman Catholics have tried and were told they could not.
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« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2013, 05:31:46 PM »
I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion;

Their canon law says nothing about that.

It does:

Canon 844 (c.671 in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches)

1. Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments to Catholic members of the Christian faithful only and, likewise, the latter may licitly receive the sacraments only from Catholic ministers with due regard for parts 2, 3, and 4 of this canon, and can. 861, part 2.

2. Whenever necessity requires or genuine spiritual advantage suggests, and provided that the danger of error or indifferentism is avoided, it is lawful for the faithful for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister, to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick from non-Catholic ministers in whose churches these sacraments are valid.

3. Catholic ministers may licitly administer the sacraments of penance, Eucharist and anointing of the sick to members of the oriental churches which do not have full communion with the Catholic Church, if they ask on their own for the sacraments and are properly disposed. This holds also for members of other churches, which in the judgment of the Apostolic See are in the same condition as the oriental churches as far as these sacraments are concerned.

4. If the danger of death is present or other grave necessity, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or the conference of bishops, Catholic ministers may licitly administer these sacraments to other Christians who do not have full communion with the Catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and on their own ask for it, provided they manifest Catholic faith in these sacraments and are properly disposed.

5. For the cases in parts 2, 3, and 4, neither the diocesan bishop nor the conference of bishops is to enact general norms except after consultation with at least the local competent authority of the interested non- Catholic Church or community.

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« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2013, 05:41:51 PM »
Exactly. And the monthly paper missal found in Catholic pews (that I have seen) does not mention that a Catholic should have permission from the Orthodox Priest or the Orthodox Bishop.

The missalette doesn't address Catholics receiving from Orthodox at all, only Orthodox receiving from Catholics.

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Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).

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« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2013, 05:48:05 PM »
I'm always careful around Orthodox churches, being Greek Catholic. I don't even touch the Antidoron, much less the chalice- I didn't know you could, under certain permission.
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Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).

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« Reply #38 on: January 30, 2013, 05:53:38 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.



It's very common answer given by Roman Catholic priests. It's interesting to me that they claim we're schismatics or heretics whose Church are not on the rock - st. Peter, but on the other hand, they claim it's better to commune in the Orthodox Church than to not receive at all (in the case of lack of Catholic church in the nearest area or life-threatening situation). But such advices come from different understing of the Church as the Body of Christ andthe Holy Eucharist. They focus more on the validity (I've read opinions of Roman Catholics who claim our Eucharist is of course valid, but celebrated unworthily, so we commit sin by communing in the Orthodox Church - and they not  ::)), than unity with Church as the Body of Christ.

However, I know a Polish Roman Catholic couple who has received the Communion in the Orthodox Church in Russia. They were asked about the faith, and the priest has communed them (for him was more interestinf faith if they're Greek Catholics - in this case he wouldn't have communed them - or Roman Catholics)  :o
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« Reply #39 on: January 30, 2013, 05:57:49 PM »
Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).

I attended the DL at an Antiochian Orthodox parish and several nice people brought me some antidoran - guess they saw me sitting out Communion, felt sorry for me and wanted to make sure I got something!  ;D
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« Reply #40 on: January 30, 2013, 06:15:13 PM »
But such advices come from different understing of the Church as the Body of Christ andthe Holy Eucharist. They focus more on the validity (I've read opinions of Roman Catholics who claim our Eucharist is of course valid, but celebrated unworthily, so we commit sin by communing in the Orthodox Church - and they not  ::)), than unity with Church as the Body of Christ.

Bingo. So they want to know that it would be okay from their side/they wouldn't be in trouble with their church, not whether or not it respects Orthodox teaching on the subject.

I am glad that the Catholics who come to our liturgies know better than to look at things in this manner. I would be very happy to find a Catholic priest who would advise his people similarly. (They must be out there, but they're apparently not the ones giving advice at most Catholic websites, where it seems like the Orthodox view, if it is mentioned at all, is something of an afterthought.)

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« Reply #41 on: January 30, 2013, 06:30:23 PM »
Ironically, even with their blatant rejection and disregard for anything Sacramental, I've never seen a single Protestant visitor at my Church attempt to receive the Eucharist, whereas Roman Catholics have tried and were told they could not.

Why do you think that is?  I know the Roman Catholic Church has this problem (of Protestants approaching).  I have a friend on FB who posted pictures of her son receiving First Communion as he goes to a Catholic school.  But she (and I assume the rest of her family) is openly Evangelical.

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« Reply #42 on: January 30, 2013, 06:32:03 PM »
 Roman Catholics make it VERY clear that Protestants cannot partake of Communion, so I'm sure Protestants wouldn't even think of it in a Church that seems even stranger than the Catholics.  ::)
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« Reply #43 on: January 30, 2013, 06:33:33 PM »
Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).

I attended the DL at an Antiochian Orthodox parish and several nice people brought me some antidoran - guess they saw me sitting out Communion, felt sorry for me and wanted to make sure I got something!  ;D

It is quite a great gesture to make guests feel welcome.  Although our priest has asked the parishioners to refrain from this because there have been cases that the people have been so warm and welcoming to a few guests, they end up with a bunch of antidoron in their hands, more than they can eat at the time.

There is a line at the end of the Divine Liturgy where people get to venerate the blessing cross of the priest and then they get to take what's still left of the antidoron.  Non-Orthodox and Catechumens are welcome to participate.  Our parish lets non-Orthodox participate in everything except the Sacraments.

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« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2013, 06:36:56 PM »
Why don't you name them so we can verify if it is a Fact as you say.

If you do not want to believe me, that is okay.  But I won't name them because already by this tone I know this will create a controversy and people will make it a big deal even though it has been happening for quite some time and because most people are oblivious to the fact, life happily goes on.  But it does happen and I have talked to people who have attested to this.

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« Reply #45 on: January 30, 2013, 06:38:01 PM »
Ironically, even with their blatant rejection and disregard for anything Sacramental, I've never seen a single Protestant visitor at my Church attempt to receive the Eucharist, whereas Roman Catholics have tried and were told they could not.

An Protestant acquaintance of mine did so once. He spent the rest of the day in agony on the toilet.
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« Reply #46 on: January 30, 2013, 06:53:21 PM »
Roman Catholics make it VERY clear that Protestants cannot partake of Communion, so I'm sure Protestants wouldn't even think of it in a Church that seems even stranger than the Catholics.  ::)

Oh, in my previous OCA parish, the priest had the unfortunate task of turning away several irate Protestants who accused him at the altar of being uncharitable because they were Anglicans or Lutherans who believed in the Real Presence.
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« Reply #47 on: January 30, 2013, 06:58:22 PM »
My godmother told me about a Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from the hands of an Orthodox Priest. He thought that she was Orthodox in the manner in which she approached the chalice with reverence. However, as he started to give her the Eucharist, she backed away with her eyes wide open in fear. Then he asked her if she were Orthodox, and she replied, "No." He told her to stay in the church and see him after the Divine Liturgy and then explained why she should not be receiving. She explained that a tongue of fire came out of the chalice and startled her. She became a catechumen and was received by Chrismation six months later.
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« Reply #48 on: January 30, 2013, 07:03:32 PM »
There's actually been a thread about this in the not-too-distant past, right here:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=36351.0

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Also, check this: http://www.orthodoxanswers.org/answer/29/

"In the nineteenth-century Russia, for example, Orthodox priests were allowed to give Communion to Roman Catholics in emergency situations if there was no Roman Catholic priest available.  In the 1970s, Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Nikodim of Leningrad temporarily allowed intercommunion with the Roman Catholic Church within the borders of his diocese.  The rare and very controversial practice, however, did not become widespread and was eventually terminated."

So obviously yes, it has happened, in the past, with the approval of the Orthodox hierarchy.
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« Reply #49 on: January 30, 2013, 07:05:07 PM »
My godmother told me about a Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from the hands of an Orthodox Priest. He thought that she was Orthodox in the manner in which she approached the chalice with reverence. However, as he started to give her the Eucharist, she backed away with her eyes wide open in fear. Then he asked her if she were Orthodox, and she replied, "No." He told her to stay in the church and see him after the Divine Liturgy and then explained why she should not be receiving. She explained that a tongue of fire came out of the chalice and startled her. She became a catechumen and was received by Chrismation six months later.

Wow.  If that happened to me I'd probably be on the floor, either crying or completely passed out.

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« Reply #51 on: January 30, 2013, 09:01:20 PM »
My godmother told me about a Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from the hands of an Orthodox Priest. He thought that she was Orthodox in the manner in which she approached the chalice with reverence. However, as he started to give her the Eucharist, she backed away with her eyes wide open in fear. Then he asked her if she were Orthodox, and she replied, "No." He told her to stay in the church and see him after the Divine Liturgy and then explained why she should not be receiving. She explained that a tongue of fire came out of the chalice and startled her. She became a catechumen and was received by Chrismation six months later.

Wow.  If that happened to me I'd probably be on the floor, either crying or completely passed out.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #52 on: January 30, 2013, 09:03:38 PM »
My godmother told me about a Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from the hands of an Orthodox Priest. He thought that she was Orthodox in the manner in which she approached the chalice with reverence. However, as he started to give her the Eucharist, she backed away with her eyes wide open in fear. Then he asked her if she were Orthodox, and she replied, "No." He told her to stay in the church and see him after the Divine Liturgy and then explained why she should not be receiving. She explained that a tongue of fire came out of the chalice and startled her. She became a catechumen and was received by Chrismation six months later.

Wow.  If that happened to me I'd probably be on the floor, either crying or completely passed out.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #53 on: January 30, 2013, 09:10:53 PM »
Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).
I think some OCA parishes (if not many) allow any Christian to have antidoran.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #54 on: January 30, 2013, 09:11:38 PM »
My godmother told me about a Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from the hands of an Orthodox Priest. He thought that she was Orthodox in the manner in which she approached the chalice with reverence. However, as he started to give her the Eucharist, she backed away with her eyes wide open in fear. Then he asked her if she were Orthodox, and she replied, "No." He told her to stay in the church and see him after the Divine Liturgy and then explained why she should not be receiving. She explained that a tongue of fire came out of the chalice and startled her. She became a catechumen and was received by Chrismation six months later.

Wow.  If that happened to me I'd probably be on the floor, either crying or completely passed out.

God would probably have to do a lot more than spit flames at me; I'm a Mexican, we're used to spicy food.

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I'm just kidding. Anyhow, I find your story very frightening, yet inspiring at the same time. I'm even afraid to approach the chalice now.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #55 on: January 30, 2013, 09:38:28 PM »
Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).
I think some OCA parishes (if not many) allow any Christian to have antidoran.

Ours do.  Is it the ROC that doesn't give antidoron to non-Orthodox?  I forgot.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #56 on: January 30, 2013, 10:24:51 PM »
Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).
I think some OCA parishes (if not many) allow any Christian to have antidoran.

Ours do.  Is it the ROC that doesn't give antidoron to non-Orthodox?  I forgot.

The Russian church in my neck of the woods does, as do the Greeks.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #57 on: January 30, 2013, 10:28:27 PM »
I think some OCA parishes (if not many) allow any Christian to have antidoran.
Before seeing this and looking it up, I didn't even realize that anyone kept the antidoron from non-Orthodox.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2013, 10:40:00 PM »
Ironically, even with their blatant rejection and disregard for anything Sacramental, I've never seen a single Protestant visitor at my Church attempt to receive the Eucharist, whereas Roman Catholics have tried and were told they could not.

Not to mention the fact that the Catholic Church has a rule that we could only receive from an Orthodox priest (even assuming finding a complicit one) if none of our own priests are available; whereas very few protestant denominations have such a rule.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #59 on: January 30, 2013, 10:41:36 PM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.  


"Properly educated"?

By whom?

I knew several Catholics who would imitate the Orthodox in such a way that the Orthodox Priest had no clue that they were not Orthodox. They would line up for communion, blend in with the regular parishioners, imitate them to the "t", and if the Priest asked him who their bishop was, they would give the first name of their Roman prelate and be given Holy Communion without any further questions. Sometimes the priest would come over to the newcomer during coffee hour and discover the truth from them or from their friends, but oftentimes, if the newcomer did not stay for coffee hour, this behavior would continue.

Wow, they should have spent an afternoon with my late Irish grandfather and they would never have tried that charade again.  I went to Catholic high school and grew up Irish Catholic'ed on one side of my family.  
Both would have harsh things to say to those pretenders at your parish.  What ever happen to good ol' Irish style Catholicism? did it get replaced with "I can do as I wish" Catholicism?

I think I have to agree with you here.

Of course, in the Catholic Church it's even easier: Catholic priests don't ask communicants if they're Catholic, who their bishop is, etc.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #60 on: January 30, 2013, 10:44:58 PM »
Some of these folks were Eastern Catholics who had been rejected by their local Catholic Church, which told them to go back to the Orthodox Church.

Hold on a sec ... are you saying they converted from Orthodoxy to Catholicism, then converted back to Orthodoxy?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #61 on: January 30, 2013, 11:19:19 PM »
Zapivka (antidoron) is given to non-Orthodox in my ROCOR parish.

I attest that I have known of situations where Roman Catholics have received Communion at an Orthodox church repeatedly, with the priest's full knowledge that they were not Orthodox and had no intention of becoming Orthodox. I saw it with my own eyes.

Don't get me started on giving Communion to men wearing wedding rings in situations when the wearer of the other ring is also a man.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #62 on: January 30, 2013, 11:24:36 PM »
Orban (= antidoron) is given to non-Orthodox visitors in my Coptic parish. I was not aware that there are jurisdictions where this is not the case.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #63 on: January 30, 2013, 11:48:41 PM »
Some of these folks were Eastern Catholics who had been rejected by their local Catholic Church, which told them to go back to the Orthodox Church.

Hold on a sec ... are you saying they converted from Orthodoxy to Catholicism, then converted back to Orthodoxy?

All Eastern Catholic Churches (with the possible exception of the Maronites) were originally Orthodox Christians who went into schism and joined the Vatican. When Roman Catholics told these Eastern Catholics to return to the Orthodox, they were telling them to return to their ancient roots.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #64 on: January 31, 2013, 12:23:15 AM »
Well, Maria, that ended well.

By the way, I wasn't trying to shock anyone for the sake of shocking, but each Orthodox Christian is also a guardian of the purity of the faith, and in these times struggle is necessary to maintain the faith. Mainly by struggling against our own lower will and going from strength to strength, that is, virtue to virtue. "They shall mount up like eagles; they shall go from strength to strength." "They shall go from strength to strength; the God of gods shall be seen in Sion."
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #65 on: January 31, 2013, 07:35:56 AM »
Some of these folks were Eastern Catholics who had been rejected by their local Catholic Church, which told them to go back to the Orthodox Church.

Hold on a sec ... are you saying they converted from Orthodoxy to Catholicism, then converted back to Orthodoxy?

All Eastern Catholic Churches (with the possible exception of the Maronites) were originally Orthodox Christians who went into schism and joined the Vatican. When Roman Catholics told these Eastern Catholics to return to the Orthodox, they were telling them to return to their ancient roots.

Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

As far your idea that Greek Catholics converting to Orthodoxy should be called "go[ing] back to the Orthodox Church", I won't express disagreement. (You may recall the fireworks that erupted the last time I dared to do so.)
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #66 on: January 31, 2013, 07:56:51 AM »
Catholics cannot receive communion, under any circumstances, but are free to have some antidoran in many western parishes (though not all).

I attended the DL at an Antiochian Orthodox parish and several nice people brought me some antidoran - guess they saw me sitting out Communion, felt sorry for me and wanted to make sure I got something!  ;D

It is quite a great gesture to make guests feel welcome.  Although our priest has asked the parishioners to refrain from this because there have been cases that the people have been so warm and welcoming to a few guests, they end up with a bunch of antidoron in their hands, more than they can eat at the time.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #67 on: January 31, 2013, 10:47:47 AM »
My godmother told me about a Catholic who tried to receive Holy Communion from the hands of an Orthodox Priest. He thought that she was Orthodox in the manner in which she approached the chalice with reverence. However, as he started to give her the Eucharist, she backed away with her eyes wide open in fear. Then he asked her if she were Orthodox, and she replied, "No." He told her to stay in the church and see him after the Divine Liturgy and then explained why she should not be receiving. She explained that a tongue of fire came out of the chalice and startled her. She became a catechumen and was received by Chrismation six months later.

Wow.  If that happened to me I'd probably be on the floor, either crying or completely passed out.

God would probably have to do a lot more than spit flames at me; I'm a Mexican, we're used to spicy food.

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God is Mexican. That's why we're permitted to eat shrimp and avocados during lent.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #69 on: February 01, 2013, 06:23:50 PM »
Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

P.S. Apologies to those readers who have seen this quote before, but I can't help thinking of it whenever Catholics tell (Eastern) Catholics to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy:

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I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #70 on: February 01, 2013, 06:43:09 PM »
Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

P.S. Apologies to those readers who have seen this quote before, but I can't help thinking of it whenever Catholics tell (Eastern) Catholics to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy:

Quote from: Fr. J. Steele
The OICWR crowd is a tiny but vocal minority resident mostly online at ByzCath. They are not representative of the countless good Eastern Catholics one finds in church on Sunday.

I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.

Most dox. And they should, in the interest of honesty.

I agree there.  Those OICWR types (which I myself was) are really searching for Orthodoxy without the complication of leaving communion with the Pope.  Most are cradle Catholics, a number of them RCs, who have discovered Orthodoxy but wouldn't want to just give up the Pope.  It is hard after being taught throughout your life that you have to be in communion with the Pope.  Eastern Catholicism is the easy solution, but usually it is a bit lacking as a solution because many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.  Some do faithfully follow Orthodox tradition, but a bigger number don't.  I think "Orthodox" EC parishes are about as common as Tridentine Mass parishes in the Latin Rite.  So eventually there is that disappointment and sometimes dissention for not getting what we were looking for.  So a good number like myself end up Orthodox.  I don't know about those others, but so far I'm happy with my decision.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #71 on: February 01, 2013, 09:20:56 PM »
Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

P.S. Apologies to those readers who have seen this quote before, but I can't help thinking of it whenever Catholics tell (Eastern) Catholics to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy:

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The OICWR crowd is a tiny but vocal minority resident mostly online at ByzCath. They are not representative of the countless good Eastern Catholics one finds in church on Sunday.

I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.

Most dox. And they should, in the interest of honesty.

I agree there.  Those OICWR types (which I myself was) are really searching for Orthodoxy without the complication of leaving communion with the Pope.  Most are cradle Catholics, a number of them RCs, who have discovered Orthodoxy but wouldn't want to just give up the Pope.  It is hard after being taught throughout your life that you have to be in communion with the Pope.  Eastern Catholicism is the easy solution, but usually it is a bit lacking as a solution because many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.  Some do faithfully follow Orthodox tradition, but a bigger number don't.  I think "Orthodox" EC parishes are about as common as Tridentine Mass parishes in the Latin Rite.  So eventually there is that disappointment and sometimes dissention for not getting what we were looking for.  So a good number like myself end up Orthodox.  I don't know about those others, but so far I'm happy with my decision.

Does OICWR stand for: "Orthodox In Communion With Rome"?

When I was in the Melkite Catholic Church, almost our entire parish, except those fleeing from the Novus Ordo Mass, considered ourselves to be "OICWR," especially when the neighboring RC parish of St. Charles Borromeo told the RCs that the Melkites were Eastern Orthodox in schism with Rome.  ::)

There were some in the Melkite Catholic Church who were still Roman Catholics. These refugees from Vatican II modernism and its Novus Ordo attended the Divine Liturgy in the Melkite Catholic Church, but prayed the Rosary on their knees while the Divine Liturgy was being celebrated. They did not like the SSPX, nor did they consider themselves to be sedevacantists, but truly, they did not feel at home in the Melkite Eastern Catholic Church either.

In the words of my Melkite Bishop, I quite happily crossed over to the Orthodox "using the Eastern Catholic Church as a bridge." Did I ever receive communion in the Orthodox Church while a Melkite? No. I waited until I was received by Chrismation in the Orthodox Church.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #72 on: February 02, 2013, 09:15:41 AM »
... many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.

Just once, I'd like to hear someone say "Many Orthodox parishes aren't EC enough."
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #73 on: February 02, 2013, 09:19:49 AM »
... many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.

Just once, I'd like to hear someone say "Many Orthodox parishes aren't EC enough."


A quintessential exercise in futility, I'm afraid.  ;)
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« Reply #77 on: February 04, 2013, 03:45:52 AM »
Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

P.S. Apologies to those readers who have seen this quote before, but I can't help thinking of it whenever Catholics tell (Eastern) Catholics to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy:

Quote from: Fr. J. Steele
The OICWR crowd is a tiny but vocal minority resident mostly online at ByzCath. They are not representative of the countless good Eastern Catholics one finds in church on Sunday.

I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.

Most dox. And they should, in the interest of honesty.

I agree there.  Those OICWR types (which I myself was) are really searching for Orthodoxy without the complication of leaving communion with the Pope.  Most are cradle Catholics, a number of them RCs, who have discovered Orthodoxy but wouldn't want to just give up the Pope.  It is hard after being taught throughout your life that you have to be in communion with the Pope.  Eastern Catholicism is the easy solution, but usually it is a bit lacking as a solution because many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.  Some do faithfully follow Orthodox tradition, but a bigger number don't.  I think "Orthodox" EC parishes are about as common as Tridentine Mass parishes in the Latin Rite.  So eventually there is that disappointment and sometimes dissention for not getting what we were looking for.  So a good number like myself end up Orthodox.  I don't know about those others, but so far I'm happy with my decision.

Does OICWR stand for: "Orthodox In Communion With Rome"?

When I was in the Melkite Catholic Church, almost our entire parish, except those fleeing from the Novus Ordo Mass, considered ourselves to be "OICWR," especially when the neighboring RC parish of St. Charles Borromeo told the RCs that the Melkites were Eastern Orthodox in schism with Rome.  ::)

There were some in the Melkite Catholic Church who were still Roman Catholics. These refugees from Vatican II modernism and its Novus Ordo attended the Divine Liturgy in the Melkite Catholic Church, but prayed the Rosary on their knees while the Divine Liturgy was being celebrated. They did not like the SSPX, nor did they consider themselves to be sedevacantists, but truly, they did not feel at home in the Melkite Eastern Catholic Church either.

In the words of my Melkite Bishop, I quite happily crossed over to the Orthodox "using the Eastern Catholic Church as a bridge." Did I ever receive communion in the Orthodox Church while a Melkite? No. I waited until I was received by Chrismation in the Orthodox Church.

When I was a Melkite Eastern Catholic, one of our deacons received Communion during his travels when  there was no Eastern Catholic Church. He would simply contact the Orthodox Priest who would usually request him to go to Confession beforehand. And this happened worldwide: in Australia, in parts of the USA, in Europe, in the Middle East, and in Greece too.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #78 on: February 04, 2013, 03:48:43 AM »
Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

P.S. Apologies to those readers who have seen this quote before, but I can't help thinking of it whenever Catholics tell (Eastern) Catholics to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy:

Quote from: Fr. J. Steele
The OICWR crowd is a tiny but vocal minority resident mostly online at ByzCath. They are not representative of the countless good Eastern Catholics one finds in church on Sunday.

I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.

Most dox. And they should, in the interest of honesty.

I agree there.  Those OICWR types (which I myself was) are really searching for Orthodoxy without the complication of leaving communion with the Pope.  Most are cradle Catholics, a number of them RCs, who have discovered Orthodoxy but wouldn't want to just give up the Pope.  It is hard after being taught throughout your life that you have to be in communion with the Pope.  Eastern Catholicism is the easy solution, but usually it is a bit lacking as a solution because many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.  Some do faithfully follow Orthodox tradition, but a bigger number don't.  I think "Orthodox" EC parishes are about as common as Tridentine Mass parishes in the Latin Rite.  So eventually there is that disappointment and sometimes dissention for not getting what we were looking for.  So a good number like myself end up Orthodox.  I don't know about those others, but so far I'm happy with my decision.

Does OICWR stand for: "Orthodox In Communion With Rome"?

When I was in the Melkite Catholic Church, almost our entire parish, except those fleeing from the Novus Ordo Mass, considered ourselves to be "OICWR," especially when the neighboring RC parish of St. Charles Borromeo told the RCs that the Melkites were Eastern Orthodox in schism with Rome.  ::)

There were some in the Melkite Catholic Church who were still Roman Catholics. These refugees from Vatican II modernism and its Novus Ordo attended the Divine Liturgy in the Melkite Catholic Church, but prayed the Rosary on their knees while the Divine Liturgy was being celebrated. They did not like the SSPX, nor did they consider themselves to be sedevacantists, but truly, they did not feel at home in the Melkite Eastern Catholic Church either.

In the words of my Melkite Bishop, I quite happily crossed over to the Orthodox "using the Eastern Catholic Church as a bridge." Did I ever receive communion in the Orthodox Church while a Melkite? No. I waited until I was received by Chrismation in the Orthodox Church.

When I was a Melkite Eastern Catholic, one of our deacons received Communion during his travels when  there was no Eastern Catholic Church. He would simply contact the Orthodox Priest who would usually request him to go to Confession beforehand. And this happened worldwide: in Australia, in parts of the USA, in Europe, in the Middle East, and in Greece too.

Yes, as I mentioned it does happen out there.  And usually for Eastern Catholics.  Probably not as much for Roman Catholics.  Those cases that I have heard of that Catholics are allowed by the Orthodox priest to receive are Eastern Catholics.  I haven't heard of an RC being welcomed to receive in an Orthodox parish.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #79 on: February 04, 2013, 03:53:19 AM »
Thanks for the clarification. I still think it's quite shocking: their local Catholic Church told them to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy?  :o But perhaps you guys feel differently about it than I do.

P.S. Apologies to those readers who have seen this quote before, but I can't help thinking of it whenever Catholics tell (Eastern) Catholics to leave Catholicism for Orthodoxy:

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The OICWR crowd is a tiny but vocal minority resident mostly online at ByzCath. They are not representative of the countless good Eastern Catholics one finds in church on Sunday.

I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.

Most dox. And they should, in the interest of honesty.

I agree there.  Those OICWR types (which I myself was) are really searching for Orthodoxy without the complication of leaving communion with the Pope.  Most are cradle Catholics, a number of them RCs, who have discovered Orthodoxy but wouldn't want to just give up the Pope.  It is hard after being taught throughout your life that you have to be in communion with the Pope.  Eastern Catholicism is the easy solution, but usually it is a bit lacking as a solution because many EC parishes aren't "Orthodox" enough.  Some do faithfully follow Orthodox tradition, but a bigger number don't.  I think "Orthodox" EC parishes are about as common as Tridentine Mass parishes in the Latin Rite.  So eventually there is that disappointment and sometimes dissention for not getting what we were looking for.  So a good number like myself end up Orthodox.  I don't know about those others, but so far I'm happy with my decision.

Does OICWR stand for: "Orthodox In Communion With Rome"?

When I was in the Melkite Catholic Church, almost our entire parish, except those fleeing from the Novus Ordo Mass, considered ourselves to be "OICWR," especially when the neighboring RC parish of St. Charles Borromeo told the RCs that the Melkites were Eastern Orthodox in schism with Rome.  ::)

There were some in the Melkite Catholic Church who were still Roman Catholics. These refugees from Vatican II modernism and its Novus Ordo attended the Divine Liturgy in the Melkite Catholic Church, but prayed the Rosary on their knees while the Divine Liturgy was being celebrated. They did not like the SSPX, nor did they consider themselves to be sedevacantists, but truly, they did not feel at home in the Melkite Eastern Catholic Church either.

In the words of my Melkite Bishop, I quite happily crossed over to the Orthodox "using the Eastern Catholic Church as a bridge." Did I ever receive communion in the Orthodox Church while a Melkite? No. I waited until I was received by Chrismation in the Orthodox Church.

When I was a Melkite Eastern Catholic, one of our deacons received Communion during his travels when  there was no Eastern Catholic Church. He would simply contact the Orthodox Priest who would usually request him to go to Confession beforehand. And this happened worldwide: in Australia, in parts of the USA, in Europe, in the Middle East, and in Greece too.

Alot of this happens.  But since the internet says it doesn't then it must not.  Even though it happens in real life outside the internet :)

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #80 on: February 04, 2013, 02:48:32 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #81 on: February 04, 2013, 02:49:39 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #82 on: February 04, 2013, 02:50:34 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #83 on: February 04, 2013, 02:51:01 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?

How 'bout 'em?  Is what they call "Eucharist" (do they call it that??) truly the Body and Blood of Christ?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #84 on: February 04, 2013, 02:56:30 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.

Now you see where we are coming from.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #85 on: February 04, 2013, 03:00:50 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.

Now you see where we are coming from.

So...now we're back to the "ours (Orthodox) really is the Body and Blood but yours (Catholic) isn't" argument between Catholics and Orthodox?

If that is so, why are Orthodox and Catholics sometimes permitted to partake of the others' Communion?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #86 on: February 04, 2013, 03:24:13 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.
Now you see where we are coming from.
Except we really aren't "coming from" the same place. The Eastern Orthodox answer to whether the Eucharist exists outside the Church is "we don't know." We actually believe that Anglican and Lutheran "communion" does not have the Real Presence.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #87 on: February 04, 2013, 03:35:36 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.
Now you see where we are coming from.
Except we really aren't "coming from" the same place. The Eastern Orthodox answer to whether the Eucharist exists outside the Church is "we don't know." We actually believe that Anglican and Lutheran "communion" does not have the Real Presence.

Depends who you ask really.  Do you think those who rebaptize Catholic converts would just leave it a vague "we don't know" when clearly even baptism isn't viewed as "valid"?

The Orthodox actually have a very different viewpoint on how the Eucharist comes to be, not in the mechanical way the Catholics have defined it.  If a small group of lay Orthodox Christians are trapped in an island and all they have is rice crackers and apple juice, can they celebrate the Eucharist?  The Catholic Church would say "no" definitively.  The Orthodox Church wouldn't say outright "yes" or "no", but believing in the mercy of God and the circumstances of the people who cannot possibly have the proper bread and wine, we don't discount the possibility that God will grant these people the Eucharist.

And going to your point of "we don't know."  You're right, we don't.  So why would we even take that risk?  I personally believe the Eucharist is present in the Catholic Church, but that is my own personal opinion which I am not going to push on the Church.  So why are you complaining if we say "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion"?  We knows ours is valid, and we don't know (as a whole) if yours is.  So why are we going to put them in the same category?

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #88 on: February 04, 2013, 03:36:43 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.

Now you see where we are coming from.

So...now we're back to the "ours (Orthodox) really is the Body and Blood but yours (Catholic) isn't" argument between Catholics and Orthodox?

If that is so, why are Orthodox and Catholics sometimes permitted to partake of the others' Communion?

I've heard of Catholics receiving in Orthodox parishes but not the other way around.  But of course, I do not know everything.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #89 on: February 04, 2013, 04:09:39 PM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.

Now you see where we are coming from.

So...now we're back to the "ours (Orthodox) really is the Body and Blood but yours (Catholic) isn't" argument between Catholics and Orthodox?

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #90 on: February 04, 2013, 04:29:47 PM »
I think something that is missed by Wyatt's "there are no different flavors of Jesus" approach to talking about the Eucharist is the fact that we call it "communion" because it has everything to do with community (this being one of the definitions of κοινωνία, if I'm not mistaken). This isn't to say that Catholics don't have community and Orthodox do (or vice-versa), but it does explain how we can stay out of discussions about the nature of other churches' Eucharist while still forbidding our people to commune with them. As I have been told by people in my church regarding visiting the OCA back home on holidays, "We don't commune with them." Not "they don't have a true Eucharist" or "their Eucharist is 'invalid'" or whatever, just "we don't commune with them". It doesn't really say anything about their Eucharist, but it does address the reality of our separation from them.

Just an idea.

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« Reply #91 on: February 04, 2013, 06:16:31 PM »
I think something that is missed by Wyatt's "there are no different flavors of Jesus" approach to talking about the Eucharist is the fact that we call it "communion" because it has everything to do with community (this being one of the definitions of κοινωνία, if I'm not mistaken). This isn't to say that Catholics don't have community and Orthodox do (or vice-versa), but it does explain how we can stay out of discussions about the nature of other churches' Eucharist while still forbidding our people to commune with them. As I have been told by people in my church regarding visiting the OCA back home on holidays, "We don't commune with them." Not "they don't have a true Eucharist" or "their Eucharist is 'invalid'" or whatever, just "we don't commune with them". It doesn't really say anything about their Eucharist, but it does address the reality of our separation from them.

Just an idea.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #92 on: February 04, 2013, 07:20:51 PM »
I've heard of Catholics receiving in Orthodox parishes but not the other way around.  But of course, I do not know everything.
I've heard of a number of Orthodox receiving at Catholic parishes when they visit, go on vacation, etc. I'm pretty certain they don't have permission, and don't see the need to obtain it. I think quite a few of the cradles from my parish do this.

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« Reply #93 on: February 04, 2013, 07:21:55 PM »
I've heard of Catholics receiving in Orthodox parishes but not the other way around.  But of course, I do not know everything.
I've heard of a number of Orthodox receiving at Catholic parishes when they visit, go on vacation, etc. I'm pretty certain they don't have permission, and don't see the need to obtain it. I think quite a few of the cradles from my parish do this.

Do you think their priest would approve?  I know mine won't.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #94 on: February 04, 2013, 07:23:22 PM »
Do you think their priest would approve?  I know mine won't.
Absolutely not. In fact, I had asked my priest how to properly behave when attending a Catholic mass (with friends, at weddings, etc.), and there was no question that it was improper to receive.

Doesn't necessarily stop the parishioners from communing without telling him, though.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #95 on: February 05, 2013, 04:48:16 PM »
I think something that is missed by Wyatt's "there are no different flavors of Jesus" approach to talking about the Eucharist is the fact that we call it "communion" because it has everything to do with community (this being one of the definitions of κοινωνία, if I'm not mistaken). This isn't to say that Catholics don't have community and Orthodox do (or vice-versa), but it does explain how we can stay out of discussions about the nature of other churches' Eucharist while still forbidding our people to commune with them. As I have been told by people in my church regarding visiting the OCA back home on holidays, "We don't commune with them." Not "they don't have a true Eucharist" or "their Eucharist is 'invalid'" or whatever, just "we don't commune with them". It doesn't really say anything about their Eucharist, but it does address the reality of our separation from them.

Just an idea.
I get where you are coming from. However, I am comforted by the fact that my Church teaches what is and is not the Eucharist. If I were ever in a dire situation and, assuming I got permission from the EO Priest, it is good to know I can receive in the EO Church. I would not do it under normal circumstances though, both out of respect for the EOC and because, since we are not in full communion, it wouldn't be appropriate to do so frivolously. I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #96 on: February 05, 2013, 04:49:06 PM »
I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

I hope he wouldn't unless you wanted to be received into the Church.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #97 on: February 05, 2013, 05:56:06 PM »
I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

I hope he wouldn't unless you wanted to be received into the Church.

I'm curious to know what your own priest would do in such a situation.  You know, a Catholic in imminent danger of death requests the Sacraments, including Holy Communion, of him and there's no Catholic priest available--what would he do?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #98 on: February 05, 2013, 06:01:15 PM »
I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

I hope he wouldn't unless you wanted to be received into the Church.

I'm curious to know what your own priest would do in such a situation.  You know, a Catholic in imminent danger of death requests the Sacraments, including Holy Communion, of him and there's no Catholic priest available--what would he do?

None of the dozen or so Orthodox priests, across several jurisdictions and ethnicities I have known in my 50 or so years in Orthodoxy would give communion to a heterodox under any circumstances, unless that person converted first. They quite rightly take their vow of guarding the chalice very seriously.
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« Reply #99 on: February 05, 2013, 06:01:45 PM »
I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

I hope he wouldn't unless you wanted to be received into the Church.

I'm curious to know what your own priest would do in such a situation.  You know, a Catholic in imminent danger of death requests the Sacraments, including Holy Communion, of him and there's no Catholic priest available--what would he do?

Knowing my own priest, I'm guessing he would do prayers and blessings but not give the Sacraments.

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« Reply #100 on: February 05, 2013, 06:02:52 PM »
I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

I hope he wouldn't unless you wanted to be received into the Church.

I'm curious to know what your own priest would do in such a situation.  You know, a Catholic in imminent danger of death requests the Sacraments, including Holy Communion, of him and there's no Catholic priest available--what would he do?

None of the dozen or so Orthodox priests, across several jurisdictions and ethnicities I have known in my 50 or so years in Orthodoxy would give communion to a heterodox under any circumstances, unless that person converted first. They quite rightly take their vow of guarding the chalice very seriously.

How about anointing?  Do you think they would anoint?  Curious here.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #101 on: February 05, 2013, 07:42:20 PM »
Deathbed Communion cannot be given except to those who belong to the Greco-Russian Eastern Orthodox Church. The exception regarding this that was made by the Moscow Patriarchate for a few years recently, has been rescinded and the normative practice has resumed. But if some other sort of Christian wished to join the Orthodox Church, that could be accomplished by economia in an instant, and Communion could follow the instant after that.

Non-sacramental anointings can be given to non-Orthodox. Holy Unction can't.

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« Reply #102 on: February 06, 2013, 03:42:13 AM »
What is a "Greco-Russian Eastern Orthodox Church"? Another one living-room synod?
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« Reply #103 on: February 06, 2013, 03:46:32 AM »
What is a "Greco-Russian Eastern Orthodox Church"? Another one living-room synod?

First time have heard about this Church (or: "Church"). Maybe fr. Aidan meant "Russian Greek-Catholic Church"?... But the word "Orthodox" it's not apropriate, although some Greek-Catholics like call themselves "Orthodox" as you know
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« Reply #104 on: February 06, 2013, 06:58:33 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

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« Reply #105 on: February 06, 2013, 07:02:53 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
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« Reply #106 on: February 06, 2013, 07:10:58 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #107 on: February 06, 2013, 07:16:35 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Michal is right. To knowingly receive non-Orthodox communion is, in effect, to apostasize. If the Church does not condone an Orthodox person or couple marrying outside the Church, then how much more serious is it for an Orthodox person to partake of heterodox communion? Think about it.
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« Reply #108 on: February 06, 2013, 07:22:03 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Michal is right. To knowingly receive non-Orthodox communion is, in effect, to apostasize. If the Church does not condone an Orthodox person or couple marrying outside the Church, then how much more serious is it for an Orthodox person to partake of heterodox communion? Think about it.
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« Reply #109 on: February 06, 2013, 07:23:19 AM »
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Whether he goes to the Catholic priest or not he will have no confession, no communion, etc. I believe that God will grant such a person grace in a mystical way in such cases.

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« Reply #110 on: February 06, 2013, 07:24:33 AM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?
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« Reply #111 on: February 06, 2013, 07:29:43 AM »
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Whether he goes to the Catholic priest or not he will have no confession, no communion, etc. I believe that God will grant such a person grace in a mystical way in such cases.

This. Better to go without, and continue to pray. St Mary of Egypt went without for many years, as did any number of hermit-saints and pillar-dwellers, yet their patience and forbearance is an example to us all. God is not ignorant of anyone's efforts.
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« Reply #112 on: February 06, 2013, 07:30:15 AM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

I once posted this, as my understanding of what happens, at least in America...

Fwiw, I've been at a couple Antiochian parishes that has allowed people of different groups (I think always Oriental Orthodox) to participate in the sacraments. In talked with one of the priests about this, he explained to me that, so far as he understood, someone wasn't supposed to simply come and go and be able to take communion whenever they wanted. Rather, if someone was too far away from a parish of their own group, and that person was willing to become part of the Eastern Orthodox parish, they would be allowed to join the parish and commune/confess/etc. without being required to make any particular statement of faith or renunciation of this or that belief. Only the priest/bishop over the parish will know for sure for that parish... so it's possible, but good to ask to be certain.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #113 on: February 06, 2013, 06:58:48 PM »
What is a "Greco-Russian Eastern Orthodox Church"?

Good question. I was assuming that Fr. Aidan was using "Greco-Russian" to distinguish from the Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox (although I'm not sure why that would be necessary, since we already have the usual qualifiers "Eastern" vs. "Oriental").
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« Reply #114 on: February 06, 2013, 07:09:05 PM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

In places where there's persecution, intercommunion happens.  I guess when we have our backs against the wall, those petty theological arguments doesn't seem as important.

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« Reply #115 on: February 06, 2013, 07:36:49 PM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

I once posted this, as my understanding of what happens, at least in America...

Fwiw, I've been at a couple Antiochian parishes that has allowed people of different groups (I think always Oriental Orthodox) to participate in the sacraments. In talked with one of the priests about this, he explained to me that, so far as he understood, someone wasn't supposed to simply come and go and be able to take communion whenever they wanted. Rather, if someone was too far away from a parish of their own group, and that person was willing to become part of the Eastern Orthodox parish, they would be allowed to join the parish and commune/confess/etc. without being required to make any particular statement of faith or renunciation of this or that belief. Only the priest/bishop over the parish will know for sure for that parish... so it's possible, but good to ask to be certain.

This is how it is back home in Northern California with the local Ethiopians and Eritreans. They attend the OCA or the Bulgarian Church because there is an agreement in place that allows them to do so, since there is no OO church of any jurisdiction within a reasonable distance. I assume that if there were to be an Ethiopian or Eritrean Church in the area at some point in the future (and they're the only visible OO presence in the area, so it would be one of those), they'd go to that instead. It's a stop-gap solution for now, since there's enough of them that they are a recognized community within the patchwork of Orthodox people in the area, but apparently not enough (or they don't have enough money, or the appropriate land) for them to have an actual church. Living in an area now where the local Copts have gathered for 16 years in a private house for liturgy, I can relate to their situation. It's not ideal, but it is very nice to have local OCA and Bulgarians be so welcoming.

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« Reply #116 on: February 06, 2013, 07:56:38 PM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

In places where there's persecution, intercommunion happens.  I guess when we have our backs against the wall, those petty theological arguments doesn't seem as important.

There are places where there is NOT persecution where intercommunion between Catholics and Orthodox occurs.  Shhhh......don't tell anybody, though--might rattle some cages.  This has been discussed in some depth on other threads here in the past.  That's all I'm gonna say about it on this one (I hope  ;)!).
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« Reply #117 on: February 06, 2013, 07:59:41 PM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

In places where there's persecution, intercommunion happens.  I guess when we have our backs against the wall, those petty theological arguments doesn't seem as important.

There are places where there is NOT persecution where intercommunion between Catholics and Orthodox occurs.  Shhhh......don't tell anybody, though--might rattle some cages.  This has been discussed in some depth on other threads here in the past.  That's all I'm gonna say about it on this one (I hope  ;)!).

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« Reply #118 on: February 06, 2013, 08:02:51 PM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

In places where there's persecution, intercommunion happens.  I guess when we have our backs against the wall, those petty theological arguments doesn't seem as important.

There are places where there is NOT persecution where intercommunion between Catholics and Orthodox occurs.  Shhhh......don't tell anybody, though--might rattle some cages.  This has been discussed in some depth on other threads here in the past.  That's all I'm gonna say about it on this one (I hope  ;)!).

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« Reply #119 on: February 06, 2013, 08:10:56 PM »
There have also been "discreet" instances of inter-communion between Orthodox and Episcopalians, and Orthodox and Lutherans, and Orthodox and Anglicans, and doubtless other interesting combinations.

However, for an Eastern Orthodox to take communion in a non-Eastern Orthodox church, is apostasy and is a grievous sin. Much better to die IN communion WITHOUT communion, than to die OUT of communion WITH "communion." For then you die outside the Church, which is the Body of Christ. This issue very often came up back in Arianism's heyday.

It is also completely not possible for an Eastern Orthodox priest to give communion to an Oriental Orthodox, or a Roman Catholic, or a Lutheran, or an Anglican, although it certainly happens. Many other "impossible" things do happen from time to time, but private unbelief doesn't erase the dogma, and private conduct doesn't alter the rule.

"Greco-Russian" is how the Eastern Orthodox Church was distinguished from other faith-confessions, back in the day. It just means the faith of the Greek Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox, which includes all the other Chalcedonian Orthodox. The modern distinction between "Eastern" Orthodox and "Oriental" Orthodox was very recently promoted and I read some old fuddy-duddy books. Even the distinction between "Roman Catholic" and "Eastern Orthodox" (whether Chalcedonian or anti-Chalcedonian) is of very recent vintage, comparatively. "Greek Catholic" used to mean "Greek Orthodox," etc., etc. So I was speaking in a slightly antique fashion, for no particular reason. 

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« Reply #120 on: February 06, 2013, 08:37:01 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

Where does the scripture say that one needs permsission to receive the eucharist? When Paul regulated it he said nothing about needing permssion.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #121 on: February 06, 2013, 08:47:34 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

Where does the scripture say that one needs permsission to receive the eucharist? When Paul regulated it he said nothing about needing permssion.

In John Ch. 6, it talks extensively about the nature of Holy Communion, which is the Body and Blood of Christ. In Paul's letters he also says he doesn't want you to receive in an unworthy state, or else you may eat and drink unto your condemnation.

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« Reply #122 on: February 06, 2013, 08:52:39 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

Where does the scripture say that one needs permsission to receive the eucharist? When Paul regulated it he said nothing about needing permssion.

In John Ch. 6, it talks extensively about the nature of Holy Communion, which is the Body and Blood of Christ. In Paul's letters he also says he doesn't want you to receive in an unworthy state, or else you may eat and drink unto your condemnation.

Paul told each man to examine HIMSELF. This implies that the man HIMSELF determines whether or not he is worthy. Btw, this would have nothing to do with an Orthodox priest giving permission to a Catholic priest and vice versa.

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« Reply #123 on: February 06, 2013, 08:52:56 PM »
Why would it be in the Bible? The Bible has a lot of other information to impart, to be worrying with every detail. Of course the foundation for this is laid in the epistles of St. Paul. It's like expecting the United States Constitution to contain detailed regulations on truck exhaust - why would it?
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« Reply #124 on: February 06, 2013, 08:54:19 PM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

Where does the scripture say that one needs permsission to receive the eucharist? When Paul regulated it he said nothing about needing permssion.
Paul didn't say anything about a lot of stuff. ;)
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« Reply #125 on: February 06, 2013, 09:18:19 PM »
It is also completely not possible for an Eastern Orthodox priest to give communion to an Oriental Orthodox, or a Roman Catholic, or a Lutheran, or an Anglican, although it certainly happens. Many other "impossible" things do happen from time to time, but private unbelief doesn't erase the dogma, and private conduct doesn't alter the rule.

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« Reply #126 on: February 06, 2013, 09:22:00 PM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

I once posted this, as my understanding of what happens, at least in America...

Fwiw, I've been at a couple Antiochian parishes that has allowed people of different groups (I think always Oriental Orthodox) to participate in the sacraments. In talked with one of the priests about this, he explained to me that, so far as he understood, someone wasn't supposed to simply come and go and be able to take communion whenever they wanted. Rather, if someone was too far away from a parish of their own group, and that person was willing to become part of the Eastern Orthodox parish, they would be allowed to join the parish and commune/confess/etc. without being required to make any particular statement of faith or renunciation of this or that belief. Only the priest/bishop over the parish will know for sure for that parish... so it's possible, but good to ask to be certain.

This is how it is back home in Northern California with the local Ethiopians and Eritreans. They attend the OCA or the Bulgarian Church because there is an agreement in place that allows them to do so, since there is no OO church of any jurisdiction within a reasonable distance.  

That sounds a lot like us: for example, Catholic priests don't give communion to Anglicans just because they ask; but they might in a dire situation, where no Anglican minister is available (assuming other conditions are met, e.g. the Anglican must share our understanding of the Eucharist).
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« Reply #127 on: February 06, 2013, 10:21:13 PM »
Paul didn't say anything about a lot of stuff. ;)

Then we have the liberty of conscience to observe the eucharist without another man's permission.

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« Reply #128 on: February 06, 2013, 10:25:26 PM »
Paul didn't say anything about a lot of stuff. ;)

Then we have the liberty of conscience to observe the eucharist without another man's permission.
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« Reply #129 on: February 06, 2013, 10:26:22 PM »
Paul didn't say anything about a lot of stuff. ;)

Then we have the liberty of conscience to observe the eucharist without another man's permission.
Orthodoxy does not ascribe to sola scriptura.

Looks like Jetavan beat me to it.
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« Reply #130 on: February 06, 2013, 10:43:02 PM »
Then we have the liberty of conscience to observe the eucharist without another man's permission.

I would actually agree with that statement. But I think the point here is that the Orthodox won't observe it with you (unless you're Orthodox).
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« Reply #131 on: February 06, 2013, 10:55:20 PM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Exactly, and of course.

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« Reply #132 on: February 07, 2013, 12:10:38 AM »
There have also been "discreet" instances of inter-communion between Orthodox and Episcopalians, and Orthodox and Lutherans, and Orthodox and Anglicans, and doubtless other interesting combinations.

However, for an Eastern Orthodox to take communion in a non-Eastern Orthodox church, is apostasy and is a grievous sin. Much better to die IN communion WITHOUT communion, than to die OUT of communion WITH "communion." For then you die outside the Church, which is the Body of Christ. This issue very often came up back in Arianism's heyday.

It is also completely not possible for an Eastern Orthodox priest to give communion to an Oriental Orthodox, or a Roman Catholic, or a Lutheran, or an Anglican, although it certainly happens. Many other "impossible" things do happen from time to time, but private unbelief doesn't erase the dogma, and private conduct doesn't alter the rule.

"Greco-Russian" is how the Eastern Orthodox Church was distinguished from other faith-confessions, back in the day. It just means the faith of the Greek Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox, which includes all the other Chalcedonian Orthodox. The modern distinction between "Eastern" Orthodox and "Oriental" Orthodox was very recently promoted and I read some old fuddy-duddy books. Even the distinction between "Roman Catholic" and "Eastern Orthodox" (whether Chalcedonian or anti-Chalcedonian) is of very recent vintage, comparatively. "Greek Catholic" used to mean "Greek Orthodox," etc., etc. So I was speaking in a slightly antique fashion, for no particular reason. 



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« Reply #133 on: February 07, 2013, 12:12:46 AM »
Thanks, but I'm a wuss compared to our indomitable forebears. I can pass along their understanding, but fail to live up to them.
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« Reply #134 on: February 07, 2013, 01:14:36 AM »
I would hope that, in a hypothetical dire scenario (danger of death), that an EO Priest would administer Sacraments to me.

I hope he wouldn't unless you wanted to be received into the Church.

I'm curious to know what your own priest would do in such a situation.  You know, a Catholic in imminent danger of death requests the Sacraments, including Holy Communion, of him and there's no Catholic priest available--what would he do?

None of the dozen or so Orthodox priests, across several jurisdictions and ethnicities I have known in my 50 or so years in Orthodoxy would give communion to a heterodox under any circumstances, unless that person converted first. They quite rightly take their vow of guarding the chalice very seriously.

How about anointing?  Do you think they would anoint?  Curious here.

Holy Unction is a sacrament. But there are other anointings, like with holy oil from a saint.
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« Reply #135 on: February 07, 2013, 01:17:13 AM »
What is a "Greco-Russian Eastern Orthodox Church"? Another one living-room synod?

No. It refers to the Orthodox Churches.
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« Reply #136 on: February 07, 2013, 01:18:10 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When an Orthodox person wishes to leave the Orthodox Church and join the Roman Catholic Church.
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« Reply #137 on: February 07, 2013, 01:19:00 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

There may be other options besides leaving the Church.
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« Reply #138 on: February 07, 2013, 01:20:07 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Michal is right. To knowingly receive non-Orthodox communion is, in effect, to apostasize. If the Church does not condone an Orthodox person or couple marrying outside the Church, then how much more serious is it for an Orthodox person to partake of heterodox communion? Think about it.
I’m not saying I disagree, but wanting to clarify.  I was under the understanding ones Bishop could authorize it for a temporary amount of time.

A bishop might do so, but he would be going against the canons he pledged to keep at his consecration. Not even a bishop can bless something like that.
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« Reply #139 on: February 07, 2013, 01:20:31 AM »
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

Whether he goes to the Catholic priest or not he will have no confession, no communion, etc. I believe that God will grant such a person grace in a mystical way in such cases.

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« Reply #140 on: February 07, 2013, 01:22:26 AM »
Don't OO and EO laity intercommune to some degree even in the US? I've heard that there's practical intercommunion in Syria between Antiochians, Melkites and Jacobites. Would that qualify as apostasy?

In places where there's persecution, intercommunion happens.  I guess when we have our backs against the wall, those petty theological arguments doesn't seem as important.

This practice goes against tradition and is tantamount to laziness. It did not happen in Russian during Soviet persecution nor was it blessed by the early Holy Fathers under Roman and Persian persecution. Theology is not petty.
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« Reply #141 on: February 07, 2013, 01:25:29 AM »
A Catholic priest answered a question about whether a Catholic may receive the Eucharist in an Orthodox Church:

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So if you are stationed in a country where no Roman Catholic church is nearby, say within an hour’s drive, but there is a Greek Orthodox church near you, you can lawfully — according to the Catholic Code of Canon Law — attend their liturgical services and receive holy Communion, or confession, or the anointing of the sick, because all seven sacraments instituted by Christ are valid in the Orthodox churches.

I think the priest forgot to mention one thing: the Catholic would need to get approval from the Orthodox priest before receiving Communion; whether the Orthodox priest would agree to this, is another story.

Where does the scripture say that one needs permsission to receive the eucharist? When Paul regulated it he said nothing about needing permssion.

In John Ch. 6, it talks extensively about the nature of Holy Communion, which is the Body and Blood of Christ. In Paul's letters he also says he doesn't want you to receive in an unworthy state, or else you may eat and drink unto your condemnation.

Paul told each man to examine HIMSELF. This implies that the man HIMSELF determines whether or not he is worthy. Btw, this would have nothing to do with an Orthodox priest giving permission to a Catholic priest and vice versa.

And, St. Paul also said, many who deemed themselves worthy and communed got sick and died precisely because they were incorrect in their assumption.
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« Reply #142 on: February 07, 2013, 01:47:59 AM »
I disagree with the terminology "Catholic Communion" and "Orthodox Communion" when referring to the Holy Eucharist. It's either the Eucharist or it isn't. Jesus doesn't come in different flavors.

How about the Lutherans and Anglicans?
I call theirs bread and wine, because that's what it is.
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Except we really aren't "coming from" the same place. The Eastern Orthodox answer to whether the Eucharist exists outside the Church is "we don't know." We actually believe that Anglican and Lutheran "communion" does not have the Real Presence.

Depends who you ask really.  Do you think those who rebaptize Catholic converts would just leave it a vague "we don't know" when clearly even baptism isn't viewed as "valid"?

The Orthodox actually have a very different viewpoint on how the Eucharist comes to be, not in the mechanical way the Catholics have defined it.  If a small group of lay Orthodox Christians are trapped in an island and all they have is rice crackers and apple juice, can they celebrate the Eucharist?  The Catholic Church would say "no" definitively.  The Orthodox Church wouldn't say outright "yes" or "no", but believing in the mercy of God and the circumstances of the people who cannot possibly have the proper bread and wine, we don't discount the possibility that God will grant these people the Eucharist.

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« Reply #143 on: February 07, 2013, 01:50:49 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

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« Reply #144 on: February 07, 2013, 01:53:26 AM »
Is there anything someone is supposed to do when they know a priest or bishop whose jurisdiction they are under either implicitly or explicitly allows intercommunion? Obviously the practice is wrong but if the hierarch allows it what can one do? BTW this is a hypothetical scenario.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #145 on: February 07, 2013, 02:05:33 AM »
Probably tell another Bishop or Priest and let them handle it, however, I would first recommend just personally asking the Bishop/Priest in question, what if he has a good reason or it is not as it seems? Don't get him in trouble if you can't prove his guilt.
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« Reply #146 on: February 07, 2013, 02:05:47 AM »
Is there anything someone is supposed to do when they know a priest or bishop whose jurisdiction they are under either implicitly or explicitly allows intercommunion? Obviously the practice is wrong but if the hierarch allows it what can one do? BTW this is a hypothetical scenario.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #147 on: February 07, 2013, 02:23:43 AM »
The question of what one should do when one sees others doing wrong, is complex.

Time to consult one's spiritual father, not judge, and pray for light and grace for everyone.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #148 on: February 07, 2013, 02:27:56 AM »
If that is so, why are Orthodox and Catholics sometimes permitted to partake of the others' Communion?

We aren't; you are because, well, I don't know.
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #149 on: February 07, 2013, 02:58:09 AM »
There have also been "discreet" instances of inter-communion between Orthodox and Episcopalians, and Orthodox and Lutherans, and Orthodox and Anglicans, and doubtless other interesting combinations.

However, for an Eastern Orthodox to take communion in a non-Eastern Orthodox church, is apostasy and is a grievous sin. Much better to die IN communion WITHOUT communion, than to die OUT of communion WITH "communion." For then you die outside the Church, which is the Body of Christ. This issue very often came up back in Arianism's heyday.

It is also completely not possible for an Eastern Orthodox priest to give communion to an Oriental Orthodox, or a Roman Catholic, or a Lutheran, or an Anglican, although it certainly happens. Many other "impossible" things do happen from time to time, but private unbelief doesn't erase the dogma, and private conduct doesn't alter the rule.

"Greco-Russian" is how the Eastern Orthodox Church was distinguished from other faith-confessions, back in the day. It just means the faith of the Greek Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox, which includes all the other Chalcedonian Orthodox. The modern distinction between "Eastern" Orthodox and "Oriental" Orthodox was very recently promoted and I read some old fuddy-duddy books. Even the distinction between "Roman Catholic" and "Eastern Orthodox" (whether Chalcedonian or anti-Chalcedonian) is of very recent vintage, comparatively. "Greek Catholic" used to mean "Greek Orthodox," etc., etc. So I was speaking in a slightly antique fashion, for no particular reason. 


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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #150 on: February 07, 2013, 04:30:43 AM »
"Greco-Russian" is how the Eastern Orthodox Church was distinguished from other faith-confessions, back in the day. It just means the faith of the Greek Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox, which includes all the other Chalcedonian Orthodox.

Really? I know the term "Greek Church" or "Greek faith" was commonly used back then but never heard about that "Greco-Russian" chimere. Can you list some documents it was used in?
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« Reply #151 on: February 07, 2013, 04:34:32 AM »
I admit it's not seen often, but as to who/where, Met. Kallistos mentions it for one, but doesn't like it much...
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« Reply #152 on: February 07, 2013, 04:41:08 AM »
Paul didn't say anything about a lot of stuff. ;)

Then we have the liberty of conscience to observe the eucharist without another man's permission.
If you're sola scriptura, sure. :o

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« Reply #153 on: February 07, 2013, 04:45:20 AM »
I admit it's not seen often, but as to who/where, Met. Kallistos mentions it for one, but doesn't like it much...

Still no proof it was used in the past.
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« Reply #154 on: February 07, 2013, 04:46:17 AM »
The Orthodox Church wasn't published in the past? Interesting!

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« Reply #156 on: February 07, 2013, 04:55:58 AM »
And, St. Paul also said, many who deemed themselves worthy and communed got sick and died precisely because they were incorrect in their assumption.

This does not cancel out the new covenant principle of conscience. Our consciences are free in Christ to make false assumptions.

I will put my laws in their minds and write them in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother; saying, 'Know the Lord,' for ALL shall know me, from the LEAST of them to the greatest of them."

It appears as if we are all EQUAL in this dispensation. I may take the eucharist if I please and when I please even if it be to my own condemnation.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #157 on: February 07, 2013, 04:56:48 AM »
Behold!

Hapgood's Euchologion and one parish' name from the late XIX century. Does not prove it's a historical term (unless for Fr. Aidan late XIX century is historical).
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« Reply #159 on: February 07, 2013, 06:29:38 AM »

It appears as if we are all EQUAL in this dispensation. I may take the eucharist if I please and when I please even if it be to my own condemnation.

thethinker, have you ever read the Orthodox pre-communion prayers, which prospective communicants are expected to pray before receiving? They are stuffed full of scripture, and easily put the lie to the nonsense you have just posted.
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« Reply #160 on: February 07, 2013, 08:45:41 AM »
When is it ok for Orthodox to receive communion, or confession for that matter, from a Catholic priest?

When he wills to make an apostasy.
To ensure I understand you, let’s say a U.S. Army soldier gets an 18 month deployment to Afghanistan and there are no Orthodox priests available, he just suffers the entire 18 months?  No confession, not communion, nothing?

He also isn't allowed to make use of whores because he can't see his wife.
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« Reply #161 on: February 07, 2013, 09:01:10 AM »
Paul didn't say anything about a lot of stuff. ;)

Then we have the liberty of conscience to observe the eucharist without another man's permission.
If you're sola scriptura, sure. :o

Any teaching that is in addition to the scripture would be the "doctrines and commandments of men."
Even the teachings of Jesus not written down in scripture (John 21:25)?
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« Reply #162 on: February 07, 2013, 10:35:50 AM »
I may take the eucharist if I please and when I please even if it be to my own condemnation.

Aside from the fact that Communion is a communal act (not a pun, the two words just have the same etymology), which you are completely ignoring, where Paul writes that all things are lawful for him, he also writes that not all things are beneficial, and the Eucharist can be taken to condemnation. It is the priest's job to ensure that the Eucharist is beneficial for us and not to our condemnation.
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« Reply #163 on: February 07, 2013, 10:42:05 AM »
Behold!

Hapgood's Euchologion and one parish' name from the late XIX century. Does not prove it's a historical term (unless for Fr. Aidan late XIX century is historical).

Why does this even matter so much?

Anything that happened before today can be considered historical.  History, I believe, refers to those things that occurred in the past.  But, I could be wrong.
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« Reply #164 on: February 07, 2013, 10:52:39 AM »
The question of what one should do when one sees others doing wrong, is complex.

Time to consult one's spiritual father, not judge, and pray for light and grace for everyone.

^ This is the kind of statement that makes me thank God for priests, Orthodox and Catholic.
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« Reply #165 on: February 07, 2013, 10:59:17 AM »
Any teaching that is in addition to the scripture would be the "doctrines and commandments of men."
Is your teaching that "any teaching that is in addition to the scripture would be the 'doctrines and commandments of men'" also a commandment of men? ;)

Does St. Paul ever say anywhere to not give communion to non-Christians?

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« Reply #166 on: February 07, 2013, 12:25:50 PM »
Is there anything someone is supposed to do when they know a priest or bishop whose jurisdiction they are under either implicitly or explicitly allows intercommunion? Obviously the practice is wrong but if the hierarch allows it what can one do? BTW this is a hypothetical scenario.

One could make a fuss, but nothing may be done. God knows what is going on and he will see to it. Read Ezekiel 8 and 9.
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« Reply #167 on: February 07, 2013, 12:31:09 PM »
And, St. Paul also said, many who deemed themselves worthy and communed got sick and died precisely because they were incorrect in their assumption.

This does not cancel out the new covenant principle of conscience. Our consciences are free in Christ to make false assumptions.

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It appears as if we are all EQUAL in this dispensation. I may take the eucharist if I please and when I please even if it be to my own condemnation.

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« Reply #168 on: February 07, 2013, 01:01:12 PM »
I may take the eucharist if I please and when I please even if it be to my own condemnation.

Aside from the fact that Communion is a communal act (not a pun, the two words just have the same etymology), which you are completely ignoring, where Paul writes that all things are lawful for him, he also writes that not all things are beneficial, and the Eucharist can be taken to condemnation.

If the Eucharist is necessarily communal in the sense you say, then why did Paul say that a man could partake at home by himself (1 Cor. 11:34)?

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I couldn't disagree more. First, all believers were priests in Apostolic times. The Orthodox Church claims to be Apostolic. Second, the oversight of a priest suggests that God still deals with His people as with children. But Hebrews 8 is very clear that God no longer leads His people "by the hand." He treats His people as adults now. Adults are free to fail.
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« Reply #169 on: February 07, 2013, 01:07:54 PM »
I couldn't disagree more. First, all believers were priests in Apostolic times. The Orthodox Church claims to be Apostolic. Second, the oversight of a priest suggests that God still deals with His people as with children. But Hebrews 8 is very clear that God no longer leads His people "by the hand." He treats His people as adults now. Adults are free to fail.
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« Reply #170 on: February 07, 2013, 02:25:04 PM »
If the Eucharist is necessarily communal in the sense you say, then why did Paul say that a man could partake at home by himself (1 Cor. 11:34)?

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Ver. 34. “And if any man is hungry, let him eat at home.”
By permitting, he hinders it, and more strongly than by an absolute prohibition. For he brings him out of the church and sends him to his house, hereby severely reprimanding and ridiculing them, as slaves to the belly and unable to contain themselves. For he said not, “if any despise the poor,” but, “if any hunger,” discoursing as with impatient children; as with brute beasts which are slaves to appetite. Since it would be indeed very ridiculous, if, because they were hungry they were to eat at home.

Yet he was not content with this, but added also another more fearful thing, saying, “that your coming together be not unto judgment:” that ye come not unto chastisement, unto punishment, insulting the Church, dishonoring your brother. “For for this cause ye come together,” saith he, “that ye may love one another, that ye may profit and be profited. But if the contrary happen, it were better for you to feed yourselves at home.”

This, however, he said, that he might attract them to him the more. Yea, this was the very purpose both of his pointing out the injury that would arise from hence, and of his saying that condemnation was no trifling one, and terrifying them in every way, by the Mysteries, by the sick, by those that had died, by the other things before mentioned.

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First, all believers were priests in Apostolic times.

Not all believers were presbyters and bishops who led the community and presided over the liturgy.

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Second, the oversight of a priest suggests that God still deals with His people as with children. But Hebrews 8 is very clear that God no longer leads His people "by the hand." He treats His people as adults now. Adults are free to fail.

The word "bishop" (episcopos) literally means "overseer".

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« Reply #171 on: February 07, 2013, 08:09:21 PM »
Not all believers were presbyters and bishops who led the community and presided over the liturgy.

This was true during the interim period between the old and new covenants and is NOT applicable today. It must be remembered that the first generation saints lived in the eclipse of the two covenants.

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The word "bishop" (episcopos) literally means "overseer".

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The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

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And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.
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« Reply #172 on: February 07, 2013, 08:20:26 PM »
Not all believers were presbyters and bishops who led the community and presided over the liturgy.

This was true during the interim period between the old and new covenants and is NOT applicable today. It must be remembered that the first generation saints lived in the eclipse of the two covenants.

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The word "bishop" (episcopos) literally means "overseer".

1Tim 4:14,16
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Titus 1:5
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

1Pet 5:1-2
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Acts 20:17,28
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.

All believers are priests but not in the same sense.  Not all are presiders over the Liturgy who leads the people.  God is a God of order and a certain order must be established during Liturgy.  Not everyone can come up.  Definitely the presence and the "Amen" of the people is required for the bread and wine to become the Eucharist, but not everyone has the right to be up at the altar table presiding.

And sure, no man teaches us today.  The priests and bishops are not teaching us anything new, but rather handing down the tradition that was handed to them.  All these came from Jesus Christ who is no mere man, he is the God-man, fully God, fully man.  So the bishops are not teachers in the sense that they come up with their own teaching.  Rather they are those who safeguard the traditions and hand them down to us faithfully as they have received them.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #173 on: February 07, 2013, 08:41:29 PM »
Not all believers were presbyters and bishops who led the community and presided over the liturgy.

This was true during the interim period between the old and new covenants and is NOT applicable today. It must be remembered that the first generation saints lived in the eclipse of the two covenants.

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The word "bishop" (episcopos) literally means "overseer".

1Tim 4:14,16
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Titus 1:5
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

1Pet 5:1-2
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Acts 20:17,28
And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.

Where do the Holy Scriptures teach of such a thing as a special transitional period which will cease?
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« Reply #174 on: February 07, 2013, 09:14:34 PM »
This... is NOT applicable today.

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These scriptures also are NOT applicable today.

Interesting coming from someone who holds to sola scriptura.

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The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified

When was the New covenant ratified?

Since you have admitted the historical appointment of bishops and presbyters in the New Testament, when did the Church historically stop appointing bishops and presbyters?
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #175 on: February 07, 2013, 09:18:37 PM »
It is established that Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, in his well-known book "The Orthodox Church," documents the usage (much more prevalent a hundred years ago) of calling the Orthodox Church the "Greco-Russian Church." It is established that Isabel Hapgood's best known book regarding Orthodoxy is entitled, "Service Book of the Holy Orthodox-Catholic Apostolic (Greco-Russian) Church." (That came out in 1906.) I don't think there's an Orthodox priest in this country, who hasn't used that book to conduct one service or another. A quick internetz search shows that Orthodox cemeteries in America in the 1880s to early 1900s period were titled "Greco-Russian" cemeteries, and that the original proper name of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle was, back in 1898, "Greco-Russian Orthodox Church of St. Spiridon." Vladimir Soloviev (+1900) was a Russian Orthodox layman who was very sympathetic to the Papacy, so a sort of favored son of Eastern Catholics. He wrote of his canonical church allegiance that he was "a member of the true and venerable Eastern or Greco-Russian Orthodox church," (canonical Russian Orthodox Church).

It was not only the Eastern Orthodox who used to commonly refer to themselves as the "Greco-Russian" Orthodox. The Roman Catholic church also used this title for us. Fr. Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger (+1883), in his still-popular work, "Sources of Catholic Dogma," includes a Profession of Faith for the "Greco-Russian Church" to come into union with Rome. Also, Fr. Karl Rahner (1904-1984), Jesuit scholar, used this term of "Greco-Russian Church" in his "Encyclopedia of Theology." It first appeared in 1975.

In the book "Sketches of the Rites and Customs of the Greco-Russian Church," by H. Romanoff, we read that the term Greco-Russian is used in an official church service (he is describing the reception into Orthodoxy of Princess Dagmar of Denmark): The Metropolitan says, "Rise and stand firm; stand in fear." She rises and says, "This true Orthodox Greco-Russian Faith, which I now, of my own free will, confess and sincerely hold, I will confess and hold with the help of God... to my latest [sic] breath..." This book came out in 1868. It also says, "The bride of a Russian Grand Duke must be a member of the Greco-Russian Church."

"On this occasion too [reception of a convert into the Orthodox Church], if the person do not bear a name which is strictly Russian--that is, one borne by a saint that is acknowledged by the Greco-Russian Church--he receives a new one."

St. Philaret, metropolitan of Moscow (+1867), was a gigantic figure in the 19th century in the world's largest Orthodox national church. He wrote a catechism entitled, "Christian Catechism of the Orthodox Catholic Eastern Greco-Russian Church," which is still pretty popular. It came out in 1823.

More recently, in 1995, Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra published a hardcover by P.V. Kalitin. The title of this Russian-language book is, in English, "Historical Dictionary of Russian Clergy Authors of the Greco-Russian Church." So I don't suppose the usage has ever fully died out.

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Michal, can you explain for us why you described my use of the words "Greco-Russian" as a "chimere"? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #176 on: February 07, 2013, 09:27:18 PM »
I stand corrected. I thought you went further in the past (I had XVIIth century in mind for example).

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #177 on: February 07, 2013, 09:41:20 PM »
Oh, that makes much more sense than "a loose sleeveless robe worn by Anglican bishops over the rochet"!

Actually, I learned that while I thought the term "Greco-Russian Church" was more or less "archaic" since the early 1900s, it seems to be alive and kicking in the 21st century...
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #178 on: February 08, 2013, 12:01:04 AM »
It appears as if we are all EQUAL in this dispensation. I may take the eucharist if I please and when I please even if it be to my own condemnation.

You're saying that all eucharists are the same.  They're not.  This confusion causes mixed Orthodox-<Other Christian> couples to commune in either church because they believe that God is everywhere.  The Orthodox practice closed communion for a reason.  I refer you to the following post:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,48786.msg854163.html#msg854163

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« Reply #179 on: February 08, 2013, 12:06:57 AM »
The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified

When was the new covenant ratified?  Was it in my lifetime?

when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.

What is conscience?

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http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,6065.0.html

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #180 on: February 08, 2013, 03:18:04 AM »
These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13).
If you believe that we are no longer taught through men in any sense, then through whom were you taught? Did you hear the name Jesus Christ and the Gospel in a divine vision?

If the Eucharist is necessarily communal in the sense you say, then why did Paul say that a man could partake at home by himself (1 Cor. 11:34)?
He didn't, in context the passage is saying, "go fill up on bread and wine at your own home if you're hungry instead of hogging the Eucharistic gifts."
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #181 on: February 08, 2013, 09:24:24 AM »
These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #182 on: February 08, 2013, 09:25:00 AM »
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #183 on: February 08, 2013, 06:53:14 PM »
thethinker asserted:

These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.
 

Cavaradossi asked:

Where do the Holy Scriptures teach of such a thing as a special transitional period which will cease?
 

Paul claimed that he and the apostolic company were the "stewards of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:5). Then in verse 11 he said that the old "is passing away" (not has passed away).

In Romans he likened the old covenant (oc) to the night and the new covenant (nc) to the day saying, "The night (oc) is far spent, the day (nc) is at hand...."

The first saints lived in the transitional period between the old and new covenants.
 

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« Reply #184 on: February 08, 2013, 07:01:47 PM »
thethinker asserted:

These scriptures also are NOT applicable today. The saints of the apostolic age lived BEFORE the new covenant was ratified when God was still dealing with His people as with children. The new covenant principle is that God no more leads us "by the hand" and that no man teaches us (Hebrews 8:7-13). Note that verse 13 indicates that the old covenant was still passing away in their time. Paul had also indicated that the old covenant was "passing away" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Now that the old has fully passed God deals with us as adults. This means that we live according to conscience.
 

Cavaradossi asked:

Where do the Holy Scriptures teach of such a thing as a special transitional period which will cease?
 

Paul claimed that he and the apostolic company were the "stewards of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:5). Then in verse 11 he said that the old "is passing away" (not has passed away).

In Romans he likened the old covenant (oc) to the night and the new covenant (nc) to the day saying, "The night (oc) is far spent, the day (nc) is at hand...."

The first saints lived in the transitional period between the old and new covenants.
 

And who says the transitional period is done?

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« Reply #185 on: February 08, 2013, 07:02:17 PM »
If you believe that we are no longer taught through men in any sense, then through whom were you taught?
Nuns.

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« Reply #186 on: February 08, 2013, 09:33:11 PM »
So, when in history did the Church stop being governed by bishops and presbyters?
And FWIW, these are our Fathers too, you know.

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« Reply #187 on: February 08, 2013, 11:18:23 PM »
So, when in history did the Church stop being governed by bishops and presbyters?

I will have to start a thread in the proper forum. I received a warning for posting my views here. I did this in ignorance.

I will answer your question after the weekend.

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« Reply #188 on: February 25, 2013, 10:01:09 PM »
A properly educated catholic would know better than to commune at an Orthodox Church.   


Most if not all Orthodox priests WILL question you as you approach the cup whether or not you are Orthodox IF he doesn't know you.  I've held the Communion cloth on many occasions and our priest will stop and question whether the person is Orthodox, what parish, when was their last confession, and did they fast properly.  Otherwise, he will politely ask the person to just kiss the Chalice and if that person would mind waiting until the end of Liturgy for a conference with Father on our Orthodox practice...........And this is done 'religiously'

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« Reply #189 on: February 26, 2013, 02:40:35 AM »
Hope it has not already been mentioned buried somewhere in this thread, but in the last days of Communism the Moscow Patriarch allowed Roman Catholics, usually from the Baltic Republics who were isolated elsewhere in the USSR, to receive the Eucharist in Orthodox churches.

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« Reply #190 on: February 28, 2013, 10:27:53 PM »
The Moscow Patriarchate later rescinded this open communion policy when drawing closer to the ROCOR "stance." Now it is even forbidden by the Patriarchate to so much as pray together with Catholics.

I am trying to be informative about these things and not to become polemical. I hope I am succeeding in y'all's eyes. I'm not trying to enter into any topic deeply, and in fact I probably don't have time for Deep.

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