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Archbishop reminds priests: no Communion for those in invalid marriages

October 14, 2015

In a recent memorandum to priests, Archbishop John Myers of Newark said that “Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments.”

“Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments,” he continued, according to an RNS report.

Archbishop Myers added that Catholics, “especially ministers and others who represent the Church, should not participate in or be present at … events intended to endorse or support those who reject or ignore Church teaching and Canon Law.”

“With so much being generated in the media with regard to issues like same-sex unions and such, this memo about ensuring that Catholic teaching is adhered to in all situations — especially with regard to the use of diocesan properties and facilities — seemed appropriate,” said a diocesan spokesman.


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