Two elders administer the blessing of children, usually during a worship service in the presence of the child’s family and the congregation. The elders hold, support, or place their hands on the child, and one elder offers a prayer of blessing. Children from newborn through age 7 may be blessed. This sacrament is available to any child regardless of the family’s membership in Community of Christ.
So, does St. Thomasreally teach that we can receive the sacraments from excommunicated“undeclared heretics” as Peter really claims? In thenegative. “No case” actually means no case, but Peter whois willfully ignorant sadly fails to understand this.
“Sacraments fromUndeclared Heretics” Debate – The Important Quotes
While the purpose -- the teachings -- as well as the religious/spiritual objectives of the original New Covenant Sacraments may trouble the modern believer, it can also be demonstrated that the believer is not held accountable for the sin of ignorance -- and that there is Grace and Forgiveness for those who are truly faithful to the Lord. Thus, the question is raised:
Catechism of the Catholic Church - Sacramentals
While they like toclaim (or rather only appear outwardly as if they have as opinion)that one may not approach a notoriously heretical priest atall for the sacraments, yet, as we could see above, they don’treally believe that this is true – at least not in regards toconfession or any other of the heresies they are excluding from thenotorious category – and in so doing they are refutingthemselves, showing themselves to be complete liars by their ownwords.
Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Seven Sacraments
So, according to theDimonds, one can go to them for the sacraments if they are notorious and one can go to them for the sacraments if they notorious and have admitted to their heresies. Which one is it,Dimonds, can we or can we not go to them if they arenotorious, known heretics?
Sacraments - Kirkland — Catholic Church
1. Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace, immediately instituted by God, to represent Christ, and his benefits; and to confirm our interest in him: as also, to put a visible difference between those that belong unto the church, and the rest of the world; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his Word.
The 7 Catholic Sacraments: Definition & History - …
3. Civil magistrates may not assume to themselves the administration of the Word and sacraments; or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven; or, in the least, interfere in matters of faith. Yet, as nursing fathers, it is the duty of civil magistrates to protect the church of our common Lord, without giving the preference to any denomination of Christians above the rest, in such a manner that all ecclesiastical persons whatever shall enjoy the full, free, and unquestioned liberty of discharging every part of their sacred functions, without violence or danger. And, as Jesus Christ hath appointed a regular government and discipline in his church, no law of any commonwealth should interfere with, let, or hinder, the due exercise thereof, among the voluntary members of any denomination of Christians, according to their own profession and belief. It is the duty of civil magistrates to protect the person and good name of all their people, in such an effectual manner as that no person be suffered, either upon pretense of religion or of infidelity, to offer any indignity, violence, abuse, or injury to any other person whatsoever: and to take order, that all religious and ecclesiastical assemblies be held without molestation or disturbance.