Friday, January 15, 2010
Orthodoxy and Infant Communion
The above video shows an infant receiving First Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church. A discussion between myself and OrthoCath has arisen on this subject, and I welcome comments here as well.
Now, not that I question the autonomy of Orthodoxy to set whatever disciplines they deem appropriate, but I find it a bit ironic that infants, who cannot testify to their Faith at all, are welcomed - and yet Catholics in communion with Rome (Eastern or Latin) are forbidden. The reverse is not true - since we recognize the validity of Orthodoxy's priests and Eucharist they are permitted to join us in Eucharist - but if a Latin Rite Catholic (or even an Eastern Rite Catholic in communion with Rome) approaches the Eucharist, they will be refused.
Communion with Rome is another subject entirely - which I plan to bring up here as well, but for now in this article and comments, I'd like to see comments restricted to the Eucharist.