Posts Tagged ‘Communion’

Not in my diocese: stop communion services without priests Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Communion services where a priest is not present must stop says US bishop Robert Vasa. These services are “not consistent with the Instructions from the Holy See,” he told Catholics in his diocese. He pointed to an Instruction from the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments issued in 2004. The Instruction says Read more

Netherlands cardinal criticises pope’s stance on Eucharist Comments 0

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk of the Netherlands has written to Pope Francis criticising him for ‘creating confusion’ among the faithful and ‘endangering the unity of the church.’ Eijk was responding to Francis’s response this week to a delegation of German bishops about allowing the non-Catholic partners of Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances. Rather Read more

Communion policy must be resolved locally says Pope Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Communion policy dividing the German bishops conference will not be resolved by the Vatican, Pope Francis says. Instead, the bishops must resolve the problem among themselves. The policy agreed to by over three quarters of the bishops will allow the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances. The policy says one of Read more

Vatican ruling on giving Communion to Protestants sought Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018

A Vatican ruling on giving Communion to Protestants is being sought. According to draft guidelines approved by the German Bishops’ Conference in February, Protestant spouses may receive Communion after making a “serious examination of conscience”. The Bishops’ Conference says they must also affirm “the faith of the Catholic Church”, and wish to end “serious spiritual Read more

Receiving communion on the hand: a diabolical attack Comments 0

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Receiving communion on the hand is part of a diabolical attack, claims Cardinal Robert Sarah. Sarah, who is the Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, wants Catholics to kneel and receive the Host on the tongue. He says this mode is “more suited to the sacrament. “Truly the war Read more

Wellington Archdiocese to have a Synod next year Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Cardinal John Dew has announced that the fifth Synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington is to take place in 2017. A diocesan synod helps to establish the ‘communion and mission’ of a diocesan community. In the decree of convocation Dew said he was mindful of Pope Francis’ desire that we advance along the path of what Read more

Ribat not sharing communion with Protestants painful Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Sir John Ribat, the newly appointed cardinal from Papua New Guinea says both Catholics and Protestants have to live with they pain they have because they cannot share Holy Communion during Mass. “But that for the moment this is what they all have to live with as they push towards full Christian Unity.” he added Read more

Vatican strikes back at Amoris Laetitia critics Comments 0

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Vatican is striking back at critics of Pope Francis’s document on family life, titled “Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)”. Wednesday’s L’Osservatore Romano carried a front page essay by Italian Catholic historian and politician Rocco Buttiglione. He insisted that the document is in line with teaching by previous popes on divorced and civilly remarried Read more

US mayor says prelate’s family teachings aren’t Christian Comments 0

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Philadelphia’s mayor has characterised as “not Christian” guidelines issued by an archbishop on a papal document on marriage and the family. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia recently released pastoral guidelines in the wake of Pope Francis’s post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In the guidelines, one of the topics addressed was divorced and civilly remarried Catholics living Read more

Outcry after priest denies autistic girl Communion Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

An Italian priest’s alleged refusal to allow a 10-year-old autistic girl to receive her first Communion has been criticised by an Italian politician. The girl’s parents were furious after the priest told them twice that their daughter was “not ready” to receive the sacrament. The priest, from Sicily, told the girl’s mother that her daughter Read more