FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
COMMUNION FOR DIVORCED AND REMARRIED
December 23, 2014
The German bishops favor communion for the divorced and remarried, and will surely push for this at the upcoming Synod in October 2015. Cardinal Marx is quoted as saying that the bishops support “differentiated solutions that do justice to the individual case and under certain conditions allow admission to the sacraments.” What is not right with this statement?
First, it looks at the exceptions and projects that into the general rule. This is the same tactic used by the anti-lifers to push abortion. They first argued in favor of abortion for those poor women who had been raped or been the victim of incest. Why not allow abortion for them in just those cases? We did, and of course that was just the first small step. Today there is abortion on demand, and even talk of killing the child that has already been born. Allowing communion for those in irregular unions will surely open the floodgates sooner or later.
Second, who will judge whether one in an irregular union can be admitted to holy communion? I suppose it would be left to the bishops or to the individual priests. Well, for sure the liberals among them will allow communion. Pretty soon even those who are not truly repentant and who are not really trying to reform their lives would be receiving communion. Pretty soon it becomes a charade and a farce.
Third, Cardinal Marx talks of “doing justice.” Justice to whom? What is justice after all? It is giving to the other person what is his due. Would not such communion then do injustice to God, as proper reverence for the sacrament would no longer be observed? Would not such communion do injustice to those Catholics who have persevered in their marriage, even in bad ones, and suffered for the sake of Christ and their children? Would not such communion do injustice to the Catholic faithful who want to see absolute fidelity to age-old Church teachings and traditions? Would not such communion do injustice to pro-family advocates who are trying hard to hold the line against the anti-family forces constantly trying to weaken marriage and family life?
Let everyone be aware that the inclination of progressives is to look to the human person rather than to God. It is seeking justice for man but doing injustice to God in the process. Now there should actually be no dichotomy. We are indeed to look to our fellow men. But we must never leave God and His laws out of the picture.
Let us also all be aware that those who seek the weakening or destruction of the Church have a diabolical agenda. Our do-gooders in the Church should not fall into their trap. Communion for those in irregular unions will just be the tip of the iceberg. What is beneath, what will eventually be pushed, would be divorce, and abortion, and same-sex marriage, and euthanasia. It already happened to the Protestant churches. Let it not happen to the one, holy, apostolic Catholic Church.
Cardinal Marx: German bishops favor allowing Communion for divorced/remarried
Catholic World News – December 22, 2014
The president of the German bishops’ conference has said that the bishops favor allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to share in the Eucharist.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that most bishops support ‘differentiated solutions that do justice to the individual case and under certain conditions allow admission to the sacraments.” Cardinal Marx– who is also a member of the Council of Cardinals– had signaled his own support for the “Kasper proposal” during October’s meeting of the Synod of Bishops. But he took an additional step by saying that the German episcopal conference as a body would back the proposal.
The German bishops face their own vote on a related issue early next year. The Catholic Church is the 2nd-largest employer in Germany, and current policy bars the hiring of divorced-and-remarried Catholics (or others living in irregular unions) from employment in Church agencies. Several German bishops have called for a change in that policy, and claimed that a majority of the country’s bishops support the step. A vote on the issue is scheduled for April 2015.
Additional sources for this story
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- German bishops signal opening for some divorcees (AP)
- German bishops ready to change policy, allow divorced/remarried and homosexual employees (CWN, 12/16)
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