Do you Mean a Different Lord?
I so enjoy reading your publication especially when there are articles that motivate me to “put pen to paper”, such as Michael Shackleton’s response to a question about Catholics receiving communion at an Anglican church (August 31).
Mr Shackleton ends his explanation by saying that ”even though you know that doing so lacks the true meaning of being united in one Lord, one faith and one baptism”.
I cannot understand what he is intending to convey when he says that about Catholics receiving the Eucharist in an Anglican Church. Is he implying that these people then are supposedly communicating with a different Lord and faith and that the Jesus we pray to accordingly does not hear us if we are taking communion in an Anglican Church?
Owen Gush, Cape Town
Michael Shackleton responds: We are certainly united in sharing one Lord—but we are not united in recognising one authority and accepting certain articles of faith. This is the weakness in our unity, which celebrating the Eucharist together is meant to signify.