Posted by: frroberts | February 5, 2017

Vatican on Communion for Divorced and Remarried

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In an interview with the Italian magazine Il Timone, Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was asked whether the teaching reaffirmed by Pope St John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio is still valid.

St John Paul said that the divorced and remarried cannot take Communion, except possibly when they try to live “in complete continence”.

Cardinal Müller said of this condition: “Of course, it is not dispensable, because it is not only a positive law of John Paul II, but he expressed an essential element of Christian moral theology and the theology of the sacraments.”

The cardinal told Il Timone that this made Communion for the remarried impossible: “For us marriage is the expression of participation in the unity between Christ the bridegroom and the Church his bride. This is not, as some said during the Synod, a simple vague analogy. No! This is the substance of the sacrament, and no power in heaven or on earth, neither an angel, nor the pope, nor a council, nor a law of the bishops, has the faculty to change it.”

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