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German bishops approve Communion for non-Catholic spouses

February 23, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: The Catholic bishops of Germany will allow the Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in some cases, Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced. The new policy will allow Communion for couples who, after consulting with their priests, determine that they have a “grave spiritual need” to share the Eucharist.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 26, 2018 6:18 AM ET USA

    What is stopping non Catholic spouses from becoming Catholics in the proper way established through millennia, if they do wish to be receiving the Holy Communion? German Bishops should actually provide specific examples of the "grave spiritual need" if they can come up with any. Being married to a Catholic does not make anyone "a little bit more" Catholic.