Posts Tagged ‘Intercommunion’

Head of German Catholic bishops will not deny Protestants Communion Comments 0

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said he will continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing said it was necessary to respect the “personal decision of conscience” of those seeking to receive Communion. CNA Deutsch reported that Bätzing responded to a question about a controversial proposal Read more

German archbishop OKs intercommunion in his diocese Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

German archbishop Hans-Josef Becker will let Protestant spouses of Catholics living in his diocese receive holy communion “in individual cases.” He presented his interpretation of the German bishops’ conference “pastoral guidance“at a meeting of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Paderborn last week. He says he told his presbyteral council that the pastoral Read more

Pope’s in-flight news conference after WCCC’s Geneva meeting Comments 0

Monday, June 25th, 2018

In an in-flight news conference following his one-day trip to the World Council of Christian Churches (WCCC) meeting last Thursday, Pope Francis touched on several world-headline issues of recent weeks. One of these concerns a proposal from some German bishops about communion for Protestants married to Catholics; the bishops want to know whether Protestants should Read more

Pope tells German bishops more time needed to consider inter-communion Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

A letter to the German bishops from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says Pope Francis has asked the German Catholic bishops’ conference not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass. The letter signed by Congregation’s prefect, Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria, says Pope Francis has concluded Read more

German president, celebrities: churches should share communion Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, says the Catholic Church should allow Protestants to receive Communion. He offered his opinion at Katholikentag, a Muenster-based conference drawing tens of thousands of Catholics from German-speaking Europe. “Let us seek ways of expressing the common Christian faith by sharing in the Last Supper and Communion. I am sure thousands Read more

Intercommunion – Cardinal Marx and Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Intercommunion – enabling non-Catholics to receive the Eucharist – is to be discussed in Rome. Although several news sources say Francis has already rejected a draft plan to allow non-Catholics who are married to Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances, it seems this is not the case. German Bishops’ Conference president, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Read more

Lutheran pastor says Pope opened door to intercommunion Comments 0

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Rome’s Lutheran pastor and many in his flock believe Pope Francis has opened the door for intercommunion between Catholics and Lutherans. Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church told the National Catholic Register that Lutherans has felt this door was closed “for an eternity”. But last month, during a visit to Pastor Kruse’s church, Read more

Worship prefect blunt on Anglican eucharist, intercommunion Comments 6

Friday, December 4th, 2015

The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship has made pointed statements about intercommunion, Anglican orders and Eucharist. In an interview with, Cardinal Robert Sarah said intercommunion between Catholics and other Christians is not a matter of following one’s conscience. Rather, intercommunion between Christians not united in faith and doctrine would promote profanation, he Read more