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Cardinal Marx: no reason for questions on Amoris Laetitia

February 08, 2017

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has said that there is no reason for confusion regarding the meaning of Amoris Laetitia, since the papal document is “very clear.”

Cardinal Marx told the National Catholic Register that the German bishops’ conference had no difficulty in reaching agreement on the proper interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. The German bishops issued guidelines saying that divorced and remarried Catholics could be admitted to Communion in some cases. Those guidelines, the cardinal said, reflectede “a clear position and the line of the Pope is very clear.”


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  • Posted by: Biscjim - Feb. 09, 2017 11:40 PM ET USA

    Have any of you ever lived in Germany? I have, and the German Church is a joke! Belief is next to non existent in most areas. Young people are almost never seen at Mass. The only reason the Church has the high profile it does is because the church tax brings in lots of money, and allows the Church to be one of the largest employers in the country. What all these employees do is truly a mystery. They sure don't try to spread the Faith. This is last Church that should influence the rest of us.

  • Posted by: rfr46 - Feb. 09, 2017 3:27 AM ET USA

    This comment goes beyond delusion or opinion into the realm of untruthfulness.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Feb. 08, 2017 11:05 PM ET USA

    The judgement that a text is clear is a literary or linguistic one. When I say I am confused, I am confused. Don't tell me I am not confused.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 08, 2017 10:39 PM ET USA

    Ironically, this pushes again to the forefront the "Dubia" questions to Pope Francis. And by the way, very few, if any, Catholics outside of Germany are interested to hear the predictable opinions of Cardinals Marx or Kasper.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 08, 2017 6:38 PM ET USA

    Marx and company are living in an some sort of imaginary alternative church. The harm he seems to be doing to the real Church is grave, in my opinion. Can this talk possibly be God's Will?

  • Posted by: clinnickr49 - Feb. 08, 2017 6:23 PM ET USA

    This must mean the German bishops have been blessed by the Holy Spirit with powers of discernment far beyond those of many other bishops and cardinal bishops. Wow. This borders on the miraculous. Though, if memory serves well, it seems that most of those in the Church who have been granted the Charism of miracles usually have not boasted openly about those extra-ordinary supernatural gifts.

  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Feb. 08, 2017 6:01 PM ET USA

    Of course it' clear to Cardinal Marx as HE interprets it but HE is not POPE...YET The faithful need an answer from the "top"

  • Posted by: rpp - Feb. 08, 2017 5:56 PM ET USA

    "There is no need for clarification. It is clear as glass" "Oh, and the spit on your face is rain."

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Feb. 08, 2017 3:34 PM ET USA

    If the papal document is that clear, why the questions? The only cases divorced/remarried could be admitted consistent with Church teaching is by living as brother and siser and there's no danger of scandal. If Cardinal Marx is standing for the proposition that persons in adulterous unions can in some cases can receive Communion while continuing the adultery this contrary to Divine Law and Catholic teaching hence the dubia as to what Pope Francis is saying?