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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.

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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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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.
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.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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.

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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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.
If you're sola scriptura, sure. :o
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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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Re: Catholic Receiving Orthodox Communion
« 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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