That isn't new. Well, since I've been a Catholic anyway. I was born in 19** (nevermind), and it's been that way since I came into the world. If Catholics actually have to be REMINDED of this very basic rule, I guess I have to say I'm concerned....and confused....
I don't think most Catholics have to be reminded. However, their are those Catholics in Name Only (John Kerry comes to mind here.)who openly support abortion, and yet still receive Communion.
Unfortunately MAny Catholics today have to be reminded about the BAsic truths of the Catholic Faith...hundreds of thousands as a matter of fact, especially the youth!!! Soooo many don't even know how to say a rosary...or what the Sacraments are about !!!
Good post!by the way. The holy Father is 100% right on this.