Cardinal Angelo Scola: Communion for the remarried contradicts Church teaching

Former Archbishop of Milan and onetime favorite to succeed Benedict XVI defends Church’s traditional teaching that divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete continence”

Cardinal Angelo Scola, a prominent cardinal who in 2013 was the bookies’ favourite to become Pope, has re-entered the controversy over Communion for the remarried. In a new book-length interview, the former Archbishop of Milan defends the Church’s traditional teaching, namely that the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete … [Read more...]

German bishops ask Vatican for clarity on Holy Communion

Can Protestant spouses receive the Eucharist?

Seven German bishops have written to the Vatican, asking for clarification on the question of Protestant spouses of Catholics receiving Holy Communion. The letter was sent to Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith The signatories, among them … [Read more...]

An attempt to clarify significance of pope’s letter to Argentine bishops

Canon lawyer Ed Peters: Unless Canon 915 is directly revoked, it binds ministers of Holy Communion to withhold the Blessed Sacrament from divorced-and-remarried Catholics

Some three months ago I predicted that Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops, approving their implementation of Amoris laetitia, would make its way into the Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Now it has. An accompanying note from Cardinal Parolin states that the pope wishes the Argentine document to enjoy “magisterial authority” and that his endorsement thereof has the status of … [Read more...]

Another bishop says chastity key to Communion debate

Let's not misuse Pope Francis' plan for Christian marriage, Bishop Steven Lopes urges

Pope Francis’ teaching on marriage aims to help people in difficult family situations without departing from the broader context of Catholic teaching, Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of St. Peter has explained in a new pastoral letter. “Only a careful and faithful reading of Amoris Laetitia will ensure that we receive the Holy Father’s words with the … [Read more...]

Rewriting the history of two synods?

Two-thirds of the 2014 Synod Fathers did not choose to continue discussing the matter of Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics

The following comes from a December 17 The Catholic Thing article by Fr. Gerald E. Murray: The now famous dubia sent to Pope Francis by Cardinal Burke and three of his fellow cardinals is a sincere effort to clear up what has become a crisis in the Church concerning marriage, adultery and the requirements for the worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist. They have every right … [Read more...]

Some Catholics are ‘unnerved’ by current events in the Church, says Cardinal Pell

The cardinal said that conscience must refer to revealed truth and the moral law

The following comes from a November 29 Catholic Herald article by Dan Hitchens: Cardinal George Pell has said that “a number of regularly worshipping Catholics” are “unnerved by the turn of events” in the Church. In a talk at St Patrick’s Church, London, Cardinal Pell said one cause for concern was false theories of conscience and the moral law. Cardinal Pell was … [Read more...]

Amoris Laetitia does not allow Communion for remarried, says Bishop of Phoenix

Bishop Thomas Olmsted said conscience must be formed in accordance with 'God’s word and the authoritative teaching of the Church'

The following comes from a September 22 Catholic Herald article: Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, has said the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, and that the teaching of St John Paul II and Benedict XVI still stands. The Church has traditionally taught that the remarried cannot receive Communion unless living “as brother and sister”. The teaching, … [Read more...]

The pope’s not a heretic

An explanation of Pope Francis’ approval of the Argentine bishops’ policy on invalid marriages

The following comes is September 13 Catholic Culture article by Dr. Jeff Mirus: According to news reports, Pope Francis has commended the bishops of Argentina for recognizing that Amoris Laetitia permits Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics in some cases, without benefit of annulment. The result is that some Catholics are now saying that Pope Francis has crossed … [Read more...]

The elephant in the communion line

Is everyone in line for Holy Communion really in a state of grace?

The following comes from an April 21 Aleteia article by Judy Landrieu Klein: The entire time the discussion has ensued over divorced and remarried Catholics being admitted to Holy Communion, there have been two burning questions in my head that I’ve longed for someone to ask: What percentage of all Catholics who present themselves for communion are, objectively, in a state … [Read more...]

No doctrine change from Pope Francis

Long-awaited post-synodal exhortation instead calls for more pastoral approach in dealing with marital issues

The following comes from an April 8 Catholic News Agency article: Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life was published April 8. Titled Amoris Laetitia, or The Joy of Love, the apostolic exhortation is the conclusion of a two-year synod process discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life … [Read more...]