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A03: "A priest should always refuse the sacraments to those who do not practice their faith

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A03: "A priest should always refuse the sacraments to those who do not practice their faith." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view. No I do not agree with statement. A priest should not refuse the sacraments to those who do not practice their faith. I think this as it is very difficult to establish who does not have faith i.e. a person may not attend mass or the sacraments on a frequent basis but still lead a Christian Life. They may be perfectly good, love their neighbour, and follow all 10 commandments. They may also do a lot within the community to help. ...read more.

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If someone today with sincerity and an open heart wishes to receive the sacraments can a priest who is acting on behalf of Jesus turn them away? We must remember how Jesus would have acted to those who want to repent. Jesus would have never turned anyone away. However, some people are of the opposite opinion and think that a priest should refuse the sacraments to those who do not practice their faith. This is because some Catholics believe the priest has an obligation to refuse the sacraments to those whom he knows to be in a serious state of sin or unworthy of receiving God's grace. Sacraments involve the community. ...read more.

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If a baptised child does not learn about God or faith their faith can never develop. In the same way a priest should refuse to confirm a child, as they will not be able to profess or give witness to a faith they know nothing about. The full benefits of the sacraments can only be realised if approached with a clear understanding of its meaning and in faith. The gifts of the Holy Spirit would mean nothing to them. Therefore a priest should be able to refuse the sacraments to such as these. People should have a proper attitude to the sacraments if they are to receive the full benefits of the sacraments. This is faith and reverence. The question is a difficult one. There is no clear cut answer. Each person and individual circumstance is different. And the priest's decision will not always be an easy one. ...read more.

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