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  • German bishops react to Vatican decision on communion for Protestants

    06/08/2018 7:53:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 8, 2018 | CNA
    Munich, Germany, Jun 8, 2018 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- Several German bishops have reacted with surprise, consternation and criticism to the Vatican’s rejection of a proposal to allow Protestants married to Catholics to receive the Eucharist in certain circumstances. One prominent cardinal has said he is "furious" with how the Communion debate is playing out. In a May 25 letter, Cardinal-elect Luis Ladaria SJ, the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, raised "a series of problems of considerable importance” with the German proposal and declares it not mature enough for publication.The letter was published on June 4 by...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Celebration of Vatican’s Intercommunion Rejection is Premature

    06/06/2018 6:44:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 5, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    When the story first broke in April that the CDF had, with the pope’s explicit blessing, rejected the German Bishops’ intercommunion handout, people weren’t sure what to think. Nobody had seen the communication, and it was very intentionally kept under wraps by the Vatican.At the time, I issued a cautionary note about thinking that this meant, somehow, that Pope Francis disapproves of the idea of intercommunion. The preponderance of evidence pointed to the contrary. I documented a number of indicators in support of the conclusion that Francis favors intercommunion — but on the basis of individual “discernment.” I speculated at...
  • COMING SOON: Universal norms for intercommunion

    06/05/2018 3:46:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | June 4, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Dr. Maike Hickson, whose insights into the activities of the Church in Germany has consistently proven invaluable, is reporting that Archbishop Luis Ladaria sent a letter to Cardinal Reinhard Marx informing him that Francis does not want the German Bishops Conference to publish their controversial handout for allowing Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion under certain conditions.According to Dr. Hickson, the key portion of the letter, which Archbishop Ladaria indicated is offered “with explicit approval of the pope,” states:Our conversation on 3 May 2018 made it clear that the text of the [German pastoral] handout raises a set...
  • German Bishops Plan for Inter-Communion Defeated by Ecumenism

    06/05/2018 3:24:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 4, 2018 | Chris Jackson
    Cardinal Marx Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported today that Pope Francis rejected a proposal for inter-communion from the German Bishops Conference. This struck me as odd since in 2015 Pope Francis told a Lutheran woman asking about receiving Communion with her Catholic husband to “go forward” guided by individual conscience. Curious, I read further. It turns out that after intense debate, Cardinal Marx, the progressive president of the German Bishops Conference, announced in February that the Conference would issue guidelines explaining that Protestant spouses of Catholics could receive Holy Communion in “individual cases” and “under certain conditions.” Some opposing German...
  • Cardinal Marx Refuses to Accept Vatican Ruling

    06/05/2018 7:55:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | June 5, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Marx Refuses to Accept Vatican Ruling The press speaker of the German bishops has commented on the refusal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to back the [sacrilegious] German proposal to give Holy Communion to non-Catholics. The press statement recalls that during a May meeting in Rome a delegation of German bishops was told to find an "unanimous" agreement regarding Protestant Communion, adding, "The Chairman [Cardinal Marx] is therefore surprised that even before finding such a unanimous agreement, this letter has now arrived from Rome." Marx is not ready to accept the ruling. According to the...
  • Canadian archbishop: German intercommunion plan is ‘against Catholic teaching’

    05/23/2018 6:06:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 23, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    Catholic teaching on intercommunion can’t change whether or not German bishops reach a consensus to allow it, says Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. “This kind of open communion is against Catholic teaching and from what I can see in non-Catholic congregations that follow a discipline of ‘open communion,’ it is also spiritually and pastorally unfruitful,” the Jesuit archbishop told the Catholic Register’s Deborah Gyapong in an interview. “It is puzzling to learn that the Holy Father told the bishops that whatever they determine is acceptable as long as they all agree,” he said. “Even more important is the challenge to...
  • What Happens in Germany

    05/23/2018 7:37:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | May 23, 2018 | Charles J. Chaput
    In The Making of Martin Luther, the Cambridge scholar Richard Rex notes that 1518, not 1517, marks the real birth of Luther’s public profile. Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses hit the wider German market in January 1518. He wrote his Instructions for Confession and his Sermon on the Proper Preparation of the Heart for the Reception of Communion in the spring of the same year. The Sermon, especially, bore the early seeds of Luther’s later full-blown attack on Catholic sacramental theology—a fact that Cardinal Thomas Cajetan had already sensed when he met with Luther and pressed him to recant his more problematic...
  • Malaysian bishop joins ‘Pastoral Appeal’ on Communion and moral teaching

    05/17/2018 4:17:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 16, 2018 | Dan Hitchens
    A retired Malaysian bishop has joined an appeal on behalf of traditional teaching about morality and the sacraments.Bishop Emeritus Anthony Lee Kok Hin, who retired from the diocese of Miri in 2013, endorsed the Pastoral Appeal, which has been signed by 250 priests in 39 countries since it was launched on May 2.In their latest statement, the organisers say that the statement has been “mistakenly cast” as a “veiled criticism” of Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia.Nevertheless, the statement, which asks bishops to publicly reaffirm Church teaching and condemn errors, refers indirectly to controversies which have followed Amoris.For instance, the pope’s document...
  • Cdl. Kasper Calls Protestant Spouses “Fresh Cells in the Body of Christ’s Church”

    05/16/2018 3:29:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 16, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    Yesterday, I received a letter from an eyewitness who recently heard Cardinal Walter Kasper speak about Pope Francis and the intercommunion debate. In this 10 May speech, Kasper called Protestant spouses of Catholics “fresh cells in the Body of Christ’s Church” without that they needed a prior conversion. Kasper, who resides in Rome, seems to be trying hard now to influence the German debate in favor of intercommunion.For example, just yesterday, on 15 May, La Stampa’s Vatican Insider published a lengthy interview with Cardinal Kasper in which the German cardinal tries to argue that there are several Church documents which...
  • The Connection Between Amoris Laetitia and Intercommunion

    05/16/2018 2:36:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | May 16, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) The fundamental theologian Alfredo Morselli, pastor of the Archdiocese of Bologna, who since his ordination in 1986, celebrates only in the immemorial Roman rite, wondered whether the admission of remarried divorcees who are in the state of serious sin because of their concubinage is in effect, a"Trojan Horse" to introduce inter-communion with the Protestants. The theologian is convinced of an inner connection between the controversial post-synodal writing Amoris laetitia and the now discussed inter-communion with the Protestants. At the center of the current discussion is a decision by the German Bishops' Conference last February to grant communion to Lutheran...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Priests Plead for Doctrinal Clarity

    05/16/2018 1:33:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 15, 2018 | Bradley Eli
    Priests are pleading with their bishops to end doctrinal chaos. Worldwide confusion over marriage and the sacraments has moved 15 priests from America and Europe to sign a plea April 22 titled A Pastoral Appeal to the Bishops for an Apostolic Reaffirmation of the Gospel. The appeal is now backed by more than 80 priests and one cardinal, Raymond Burke, former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. In a May 3 interview, Cdl. Burke said he hopes bishops respond to the priests' appeal.  "The growing confusion and the resulting division in the Church is causing a tremendous suffering, most of all for priests," Cdl. Burke...
  • Noted theologian: Pope cannot abdicate his duty to teach clearly on intercommunion

    05/16/2018 6:30:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 15, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    The Pope cannot abdicate the Petrine Ministry in favor of a synodal method of Church governance on questions such as intercommunion, a respected theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI’s pontificate has said. Writing yesterday in La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, Italian Monsignor Nicola Bux said the Catholic Church is “hierarchical, not synodal” and “pastoral issues are resolved only if the ‘meal’ is made of true doctrine.” Msgr. Bux’s comments come in response to a recent interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper on intercommunion and the German bishops’ controversial proposal to allow a Protestant who is...
  • “You had better happily hand out that wafer, or give me my money back!”

    05/15/2018 5:12:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | May 15, 2018 | unknown
    Not a parody. This is really happening. HERE The President of Germany…Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “Let us seek ways of expressing the common Christian faith by sharing in the Last Supper and Communion. I am sure: Thousands of Christians in interdenominational marriages are hoping for this.”  Cardinal Marx echoed the words of the German President, saying: “When someone is hungry and has faith, they must have access to the Eucharist. That must be our passion, and I will not let up on this.”Protestant German comedian Eckart von Hirschhausen caused particular controversy by demanding to be “handed that wafer” because, since he is married...
  • Cardinal Marx: In Intercommunion Debate, Dioceses Might Have Different Rules

    05/14/2018 3:45:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 14, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German bishops, is now opening up to the idea of different German dioceses having different rules concerning the possible admittance of Protestant spouses of Catholics to Holy Communion. Another bishop just said, moreover, that Pope Francis seems not to see in the new German intercommunion guidelines a “threat to the Faith.”Last Saturday, the German Katholikentag (a national Catholic gathering with some 50,000 participants) in Münster came to an end. Now, at the beginning of this week, the statements of the participating German bishops concerning the ongoing intercommunion debate are being widely reported in...
  • Church Alarm At Full Blast. But Francis Is Letting It Sound In Vain

    05/11/2018 6:05:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 11, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Attention. The conflict that has exploded in Germany for and against communion for Protestant spouses should have exceeded the threshold of alarm for the unity of the whole Church, to judge by the warnings issued in recent days by several cardinals to the pope. Warnings of a severity that has no precedent, in the five years of the pontificate of Francis (in the photo, on the set with Wim Wenders).The backstory can be found in this post from Settimo Cielo of May 2, just before the encounter between the opposing parties when they were called to Rome by the pope:>...
  • German Bishop: Pope Francis Has Effectively Approved of the Intercommunion Handout

    05/10/2018 11:08:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 10, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    As was to be reasonably expected, the progressive wing of the German episcopacy now tries to interpret favorably the recent 3 May message sent by Pope Francis to the German bishops through Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The pope had told the German bishops in Rome that he wishes for a unanimous solution among them and thus effectively declined to give any further doctrinal clarity in the matter of the new German pastoral handout that allows certain Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion on a regular basis. After the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The True Story of Communion in the Hand Revealed

    05/09/2018 3:36:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 8, 2018 | Luisella Scrosati
    Don Federico Bortoli is presently the pastor of the parish of Sant’Andrea Apostolo in Acquaviva in the Diocese of San Marino Montefeltro. He is also diocesan chancellor, judicial vicar, and ecclesiastical counselor for the Unione Cristiana Imprenditori Dirigenti (Christian Union of Entrepreneurs and Executives). He is the defender of the bond at the Flaminio Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Bologna. His book, published last February 22, La distribuzione della Comunione sulla mano (The Distribution of Communion In the Hand), is his doctoral dissertation in Canon Law. We interviewed him on this important topic. The key document relative to the distribution of Holy...
  • Dolan, The Met & The Politics of Carnival

    05/09/2018 1:46:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Maureen Mullarkey: Studio Matters ^ | May 9, 2018 | Maureen Mullarkey
    Dolan, The Met & The Politics of Carnival Maureen Mullarkey May 9, 2018 The question begs to be asked: What is the point of Cardinal Dolan? Whatever vocation he might once have espoused has dissolved in the acid of celebrity. He is an embarrassment to his office, and a disincentive to every serious-minded, diligent working priest in his archdiocese. Let him retire to the Hamptons, or South Beach, some glittering water hole where he can do what he is best at—glad-handing. He is an episcopal show-boater, the grinning face of a hierarchy desperate for the moment’s approval.Timothy Cardinal Dolan, hail-fellowing...
  • For the Record: Cardinal Eijk's warning words on Pope Francis' lack of clarity

    05/09/2018 1:36:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 9, 2018 | New Catholic
    For the Record: Cardinal Eijk's warning words on Pope Francis' lack of clarity The following letter by the primate of the Netherlands, Cardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, was published a few days ago. It deals with a matter of the gravest importance which we have often discussed here: the idea, proposed by several German bishops, of Communion being given to non-Catholics (specifically, non-Catholic spouses of Catholic faithful). Some good German bishops appealed to the Holy See expecting the clarity that is Rome's essential mission to provide. Clarity and firmness on what Christ and His Church have always taught is...
  • Piers Morgan rips ‘offensive fiasco’ at Met Gala: ‘What the hell was the Vatican thinking?’

    05/09/2018 8:14:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 8, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Liberal commentator Piers Morgan has once again broken ideological ranks, this time penning a column expressing his disgust over how “a bunch of flesh-flashing celebrities” disrespected Catholicism with their sacreligious costumes at the Met Gala. “I'm a Catholic,” Morgan wrote for the Daily Mail. “Not the most devout you'll ever meet, I'll admit. But I was brought up a Catholic – I even received not entirely successful spiritual guidance from nuns as a teenager! – and I still consider myself to be a Catholic. I know many people don't believe in any God or religion, let alone Catholicism, and I...