Communion and the dishonor system
November 13, 2015 § 34 Comments
 For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.  Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.  But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.  — 1 Corinthians 11:26-30
Right now, receiving Communion at Mass is de facto on what is colloquially referred to as the honor system. There are no bouncers or turnstiles, but you are only supposed to receive the Eucharist if you are a Catholic in good standing who has not committed any mortal sin since your last Confession. Whether you do or do not actually follow this is, with extremely rare and universally unenforced exceptions, between you and God. Failing to do so can incur the consequence of eternal hellfire, but it won’t get you tossed out into the alley by Bruno and Charlie.
So I suppose we can think of proposals to change this as the dishonor system.