German priests challenge Church law on Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics
June 08, 2012
In the Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany, more than 160 members of the clergy have signed a statement saying that they regularly administer the Eucharist to Catholics who are divorced and remarried, in direct violation of Church law.
The Archdiocese of Freiburg has responded with a complaint that the priests’ statement has been “blown up by the media.” The archdiocese suggested that priests might administer the Eucharist to divorced and remarried Catholics under certain limited circumstances, but not as a “general and undifferentiated” practice.
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Posted by: frhugh1967 -
Jun. 09, 2012 5:43 AM ET USA
Anyone read the story in the Bible of the Samaritan woman at the well?
Posted by: TheJournalist64 -
Jun. 08, 2012 7:47 PM ET USA
It's dissenter nonsense like this that gives non-Catholics the idea that Church unity is a pipe dream, and gives cover to pseudo-Catholics like Pelosi who think the words of Christ are suggestions, not commands. Deliver us, O Lord, from fifth columnists within.
Posted by: Defender -
Jun. 08, 2012 7:15 PM ET USA
Doesn't this seem, once again, to be a generational problem? The post-Vatican II priests, up to a few years ago, have all been subjected to equivocal Catholicism and plausible deniability.
Posted by: AgnesDay -
Jun. 08, 2012 6:34 PM ET USA
What "limited circumstances"? You mean fraternal cohabitation, just as the Church has always allowed? This double talk is even more irritating in German.
Posted by: -
Jun. 08, 2012 3:32 PM ET USA
"Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself."