Posts Tagged ‘Holy Communion’

Tablet survey shows divorced and remarried taking Communion Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

One third of divorced and remarried Catholics, who have not had their first marriage annulled, receive Communion, according to a Tablet survey. More than 4300 people from around the world completed a questionnaire on between 3 and 14 October about what they’d like to see from the synod on the family. Nearly 85 per Read more

Francis puts disputed paragraphs into final synod document Comments 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The final report from the synod on the family has narrowed down aspects of a “welcoming” preliminary report, especially concerning gay people. The preliminary report, issued half way through the synod, asked if the Church community was welcoming to gay people. It noted that gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian Read more

Cardinal Kasper says Africa shouldn’t instruct on gay issues Comments 0

Friday, October 17th, 2014

German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African prelates should not tell the rest of the Church what to do about homosexual people. In an interview with Zenit on October 15, after the evening working groups’ discussions at the synod on the family, Cardinal Kasper said homosexuality is a taboo subject in Africa. “Africa is Read more

Cardinal accuses media of trying to hijack synod Comments 4

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A prominent American cardinal in the Roman Curia has accused the media of attempting to hijack next month’s synod on the family. Cardinal Raymond Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura, said the media has created an expectation of changes to Church teaching that can’t happen. The Apostolic Signatura is the highest judicial body in the Read more

Cardinal Nichols fears mercy and doctrine clash looming Comments 2

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Britain’s most senior Catholic has said that the Church has forgotten the importance of mercy during the past few decades. Ahead of next month’s synod on the family, Cardinal Vincent Nichols told a press conference that he grew up in a “Church that understood itself as a Church of sinners”. “[But] I don’t think it’s Read more

Kasper says doctrinal hardliners want war with Pope Comments 0

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper says hardliners opposed to his proposals for Communion for the divorced and remarried really have Pope Francis as a target. The German cardinal told the Italian daily Il Mattino that some of his fellow cardinals “. . . claim to know on their own what truth is, but Catholic doctrine is not a Read more

US bishop would rather give divorced Communion than politicians Comments 0

Friday, September 19th, 2014

An American bishop says the current Church practice of denying Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics is unacceptable. Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, said the challenge for the Church is to maintain and proclaim Jesus’ teaching about the indissolubility of marriage, while providing spiritual care for those who fall short of the Read more

Cardinal Pell rules out Communion for divorced and remarried Comments 8

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Cardinal George Pell says allowing Communion for Catholics who are divorced and remarried outside the Church is impossible. The cardinal said doing so would make pastoral practice incompatible with doctrine. The former Archbishop of Sydney wrote this in a foreword to a book titled “The Gospel of the Family” by Professor Stephan Kampowski and Fr Read more

Synod urged to restore rightful place of conscience Comments 7

Friday, September 12th, 2014

A Belgian bishop has urged the synod on the family to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity. In a letter reported by The Tablet, Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp said there is a gap between the moral teachings of the Church and Read more

Five cardinals say current teaching is merciful to divorced Comments 3

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Five cardinals have joint-authored a book that finds current Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics is the most merciful approach. “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church” has been written by Cardinals Gerhard Müller, Raymond Burke, Walter Brandmüller, Carlo Caffarra, and Velasio De Paolis. Four theologians and professors Read more