As predicted five years ago, communion of the unbaptized—in violation of the very clear and spelled out canons of the church—is occurring more and more frequently in parishes around TEC. I’ve been perusing another thread about yet another instance of “open communion” and have thought to ask a question of our readers.
For all those people who are still members of TEC [those who have left TEC are going to be discounted as Primitive Neanderthals and therefore naturally opposed to Freedom and Justice and Inclusion and Happiness], please answer the following two questions. I ask because I am sincerely interested in getting a read on just how popular “open communion” is amongst us pewsters and clergy still within TEC. Please understand that “open communion” is not about “communion open to other Christians” which the Episcopal Church has offered for the longest. This is about communion offered to those who are not Christian believers, and are therefore by necessity not even baptized. For this reason, “open communion” is often described as “communion of the unbaptized.”
Feel free to either answer yes or no, or offer a brief explanation as to why or why not. Also, though this blog obviously attracts many conservative readers, I’ll be interested in learning the answers of those who are revisionists/progressives and willing to come out of the woodwork.
1) Do you accept or oppose The Episcopal Church offering communion to all who wish it, including the unbaptized?
2) If no, because such communion is in violation of the canons of the Church, do you then accept or oppose the revision of the canons such that parishes may offer communion to all who wish it, including the unbaptized, legally and canonically?
My answers to the above two questions are:
Oppose, and Oppose.