15 – The exclusion of divorced people who contract a second marriage from communion is not a sanction. The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine

Certain affirmations pronounced by Francis regarding the Eucharist have been taken advantage of by some with perverse intentions, sowing discord among the simpler faithful. Due to the high-level discussions that have developed these days, it becomes necessary to clarify certain concepts. The immortal Magisterium of the Church possesses abundant teachings in this respect, reflecting great clarity… and accessible to all:  ‘Do not be afraid any longer, little flock’ (Lk 12:32). Catholic doctrine is solidly based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Can this doctrine possibly be changed or reinterpreted in our times when it was set down by the Son of God himself?

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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Sacred Scripture

“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery”
“Adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God”
Whoever receives the Eucharist unworthily ‘eats and drinks judgment on himself’

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church does not have the power to contravene the divine wisdom

Council of Trent

No one conscious of mortal sin should approach the Holy Eucharist, however contrite he may seem to himself
Whoever publicly asserts that one may receive communion in mortal sin is excommunicated

Pius X

Frequent communion in the state of grace and with a right and pious intention

John Paul II

No Christian who is conscious of grave sin can receive the Eucharist
Reasons why the Church reaffirms her practice of not admitting to Communion divorced persons who have ‘remarried’

Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts

Obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin closes the doors of the Eucharist

Pius XI

Christ Himself lays stress on the indissolubility and firmness of the marriage bond

Gregory XVI

Matrimony is a sacrament and therefore subject to the Church

Benedict XVI

The Church’s practice does not admit the ‘remarried’ to the sacraments: their condition contradicts Christ’s union with the Church, signified by the Eucharist

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Communion for divorced persons in second union openly contradicts the Church’s teaching

Paul VI

We may not silence the increased obligation of conjugal fidelity

Council of Elvira (300-306 AD)

An adulterous woman may not receive communion

 

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5 thoughts on “15 – The exclusion of divorced people who contract a second marriage from communion is not a sanction. The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine

  1. What shocks me is that one after another so many bishops and cardinals are saying the same thing. The latest was Cupich, with that ugly interview. These guys obviously have believed in this for a long time. Why didn’t they say a word earlier when Benedict was there? They just pretended to be good guys. And now why do they all come out at the same time?

      • Oh yes. and he has a lot of company at the synod. Even the ‘good guys’ aren’t worth much either. Remember Levada’s drunken driving in Hawaii? That’s the CDF – the tough guys.

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