As a minister in the CREC, I advocate the practice of paedocommunion. Paedocommunion means that baptized children of at least one Christian parent is able to participate in the holy feast of the Church, the Lord’s Supper. Many Protestants have come to understand this position, as many have seen the consistency and the historical basis of it. Yet, the Roman Catholic Church has largely–and I should add the majority of the Protestant Church–rejected paedocommunion. The central argument rests on a de-contextualized passage in I Corinthians. Aside from the arguments for infant communion–which have been made persuasively–the point here is that the Roman Church is bold to make their case. But the truth is Protestantism argue on the basis of a similar hermeneutic.
How does the Church act towards the mentally handicapped? the least of these? These questions are not mere exceptions. They are real. Paedocommunion is the biblical response to this.