Closed Communion seems to be commonly required in churches with more physical views of the Real Presence (excluding, of course, Reformed churches that hold to Calvin's "spiritual presence" view). The Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and many Lutherans all practice closed Communion. Most Anglican churches, however, practice open Communion. Are there any Anglo-Catholic churches that have tried to restrict their Communion practice to church members, as do most churches with similar theology?

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  • Not in my experience. Nor does the Catholic Church either...
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    @curiousdannii "Closed communion" typically means closed to those outside the denomination, not outside the congregation. By that definition, the Catholic Church absolutely does practice closed communion. Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 4:43
  • @Mr.Bultitude Is it different at weddings? Because the mass was offered to all then.
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    @Mr.Beatitude The RCC does have exceptions to an absolutely closed communion. See, ewtn.com/expert/answers/intercommunion.htm As
    – Andrew
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Some more conservative Anglo-Catholics may prefer a policy of closed communion, but in the Episcopal Church there is a policy of communion being offered to all who are baptized.

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    Good find, but better if you can edit to show a reference. Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 14:51

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