Interviewed on January 31, 2018 by Pete Baklinski for Life Site News, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, denounced the idea of so-called “pastoral” provisions that allow communion for the divorced and “remarried.”
“The suggestion is that now, after 2000 years, the Church has discovered the subjective aspect of the truth — that until now the Church has only been presenting the objective part of the truth, and now [is presenting] the subjective [part of the truth],” he said. “But this language, the so-called ‘discovery of the subjective part of the truth’ is none other, when you translate this into common sense language — for every man who still has common sense — it ultimately means ‘to allow to sin’ – to give permission to sin, as Moses gave because of the hard-heartedness of the people.“But “Jesus Christ condemned this”
According to the prelate of German origin, those who have called Amoris Laetitia a “theological atomic bomb” are right, for the heterodox exhortation has the capacity to destroy all Catholic moral teaching. Advocates for Holy Eucharist for the “remarried,” he said, are “using this as an implicit tool to introduce divorce into the Church, and to introduce...permission to have sexual activity outside of a valid marriage.”
This is to “introduce the spirit of the world today” into the Church, he added.
Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church has always taught that the marriage bond validly contracted between a husband and wife cannot be broken ‘till death do us part.’ This teaching is largely based on the words of Jesus, who taught that ‘what God has joined together, let no one separate’ (Mark 10:9).
The Church teaches that those who engage in sexual relations outside of a valid marriage commit adultery, which is prohibited by the Six Commandment. The Church furthermore teaches, following St. Paul, that the one who receives Communion with grave sin on his soul commits sacrilege and brings ‘judgment upon himself’.
Bishop Schneider said that giving Holy Communion to those who intentionally perform sexual activity outside a valid marriage “is a cruel medicine...a false medicine.” “This is confirming them in their disease to continue to live against the will of God, against Revelation. And this will never bring the subjective part of the truth to them. This is distorting the truth. This is not pastoral love."