Catholics, Anglicans Debate Awkward Communion Issue

By Davidson, Jane | Anglican Journal, March 2003 | Go to article overview

Catholics, Anglicans Debate Awkward Communion Issue


Davidson, Jane, Anglican Journal


A photo of Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, a devout Anglican, standing before a Roman Catholic archbishop to receive communion has prompted a renewed discussion in the two denominations over the issue of who may take communion in a Catholic church.

After the photo was published in January in the Ottawa Citizen, there was a flurry of letters to the newspaper over the issue. The story was widely covered across the country and the letters and coverage prompted a published response in the newspaper from Archbishop Marcel Gervais, Catholic archbishop of Ottawa.

In his Jan. 27 letter, the archbishop explained the Roman Catholic view of communion, saying, "In our tradition we do not approach the communion table in any old way." The archbishop said that he should have spoken to Ms. Clarkson's office after he gave her communion at a memorial service last September.

Non-Catholics may not receive communion in a Catholic church, although Roman Catholics and Anglicans now formally recognize one another's baptisms. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, the Anglican Church of Canada's ecumenical officer, who wrote to the Citizen after the archbishop's letter, said in an interview, "It's unfortunate in that we do have an agreement (between the two churches) but that the Roman Catholics from recent correspondence don't remember that.

She said that "overall" the archbishop's letter was good and balanced. "It's good that he put out there that no one will be refused communion at the altar rail," she said. However, she took exception to his statement, "In our tradition we do not approach the communion table in any old way."

In her letter of response, Ms. Barnett-Cowan wrote: "Anglicans approach the Eucharist with the same reverence and belief as Roman Catholics, and I am sure that the Governor General did not approach the communion table `in any old way.' Rather, it is out of a deep recognition that Christ is present in the bread and wine that Anglicans desire to receive Roman Catholic services."

She added the reason that some Roman Catholics say Anglicans should not participate at the altar is "because we do not agree on all aspects of interpretation of the faith."

The controversy was instigated by Catholic freelance Writer Art Babych, who photographed Archbishop Gervais giving communion to Ms. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Catholics, Anglicans Debate Awkward Communion Issue
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.