Professor Radner was quoted on the front page of the National Post this week. The article was entitled, " Anglicans to Consider Opening Communion to Unbaptized". An excerpt from the article has been posted below and the full article can be read on the National Post's website.
From the National Post:
"Rev. Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, an Anglican seminary in Toronto, rejects the idea that changing 2,000 years of tradition will make the Anglican Church stronger.
“The Eucharist isn’t a welcoming exercise,” he said. “It is about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It’s not a meal like any other meal.
“It has been a clear and consistent practice through all of Christianity and shows that a baptized person has committed himself or herself to Jesus.”
He said to eliminate the requirement would water down what Christianity stands for, and he is concerned that leaders of the Church do not find the suggestion alarming.
“It’s dangerous,” he said. “It makes God and Christ not as holy and demanding and wonderful as the Church has taught.”
This kind of change, he added, would also drive a further wedge between Anglicans and Roman Catholics and the Orthodox Christians and help kill any notion of ecumenical reconciliation."