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.
Marx: German bishops favor allowing Communion for divorced/remarried
Catholic World News - December 22, 2014
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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bishops signal opening for some divorcees (AP)
bishops ready to change policy, allow divorced/remarried
and homosexual employees (CWN, 12/16)
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