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Polish bishops’ conference: accompany the remarried, but no Communion
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October 19, 2017 / 0 Commentaries
 
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Poland (Thursday, October 19, 2017, Gaudium Press) The Polish bishops' conference has affirmed the Church's traditional teaching on Communion for the remarried, in a new document on Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia.

Although the document has not yet been appeared, the Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana has published excerpts, in which the bishops lay a particular stress on supporting those in irregular situations.

The bishops pledge to appoint priests with a special role of accompanying people who have separated from their spouses. The priests are encouraged to carry out "careful discernment", to distinguish between different kinds of situation and to make sure that nobody feels excluded or shunned.

For those who are in a new relationship, the Polish bishops reaffirm the teaching of the Church as stated in John Paul II's Familiaris Consortio:

"The Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist."

The bishops say that a divorced person in this situation, if they continue their new sexual relationship, cannot take Communion because their state of life "is objectively incompatible with God's law."

They cite not only Familiaris Consortio but also Benedict XVI's Sacramentum Caritatis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 1994 Letter to Bishops, which also reaffirmed the Church's traditional teaching.

The Polish bishops also follow previous Popes in saying that, if the couples cannot separate but resolve to live "as brother and sister", they may possibly be able to receive the Eucharist when scandal is avoided.

Source Catholic Herald

 

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Polish bishops’ conference: accompany the remarried, but no Communion

Poland (Thursday, October 19, 2017, Gaudium Press) The Polish bishops' conference has affirmed the Church's traditional teaching on Communion for the remarried, in a new document on Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia.

Although the document has not yet been appeared, the Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana has published excerpts, in which the bishops lay a particular stress on supporting those in irregular situations.

The bishops pledge to appoint priests with a special role of accompanying people who have separated from their spouses. The priests are encouraged to carry out "careful discernment", to distinguish between different kinds of situation and to make sure that nobody feels excluded or shunned.

For those who are in a new relationship, the Polish bishops reaffirm the teaching of the Church as stated in John Paul II's Familiaris Consortio:

"The Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist."

The bishops say that a divorced person in this situation, if they continue their new sexual relationship, cannot take Communion because their state of life "is objectively incompatible with God's law."

They cite not only Familiaris Consortio but also Benedict XVI's Sacramentum Caritatis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 1994 Letter to Bishops, which also reaffirmed the Church's traditional teaching.

The Polish bishops also follow previous Popes in saying that, if the couples cannot separate but resolve to live "as brother and sister", they may possibly be able to receive the Eucharist when scandal is avoided.

Source Catholic Herald

 

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