Bishops affirm baptism as requirement for communion

At General Convention today, the House of Bishops affirmed baptism as a precursor to communion.The matter now returns to the House of Deputies. In voting today, the Bishops amended this resolution approved by the House of Deputies, striking the last line (in italics):

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that The Episcopal Church reaffirms

that baptism is the ancient and normative entry point to receiving Holy

Communion and that our Lord Jesus Christ calls us to go into the world and

baptize all peoples. We also acknowledge that in various local contexts there is the exercise of pastoral sensitivity with those who are not yet baptized.

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