Germany: According to Cardinal Marx, communion for remarried divorcees is a "solution worth considering"

Source: FSSPX News

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has spoken in favor of remarried divorcees being allowed to receive communion after a period of “penance”. In an interview granted on March 16, 2014, to the newspaper Die Welt, the new president of the German Bishops’ Conference – elected on March 12 – declared that “it is a solution worth considering, but that must always be employed on a case by case basis.” Considered as a “close friend of the Pope”, Cardinal Marx has since April 2013 been a member of the Council of Cardinals, charged with counseling the Pope on the reformation of the Church, and he has just been named coordinator of the newly created Council for the Economy.

These declarations are an echo of a suggestion by Cardinal Walter Kasper, who, as an introduction to the work of the extraordinary Consistory on February 20-21, 2014, at the Vatican, proposed that those “who have recognized their failure might ask to be readmitted to the sacraments, after a period of penance.” (see DICI no.292, March 14, 2014). The former president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity repeated this statement in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on March 11. According to the German prelate, “the Church ought never to judge as if she had a guillotine in hand, but rather always leave a door open for mercy, a way out that allows a fresh start for anyone and everyone.” For him, doctrine is not “a stagnant pond” but a “river in motion”. According to the press agency Apic, that quoted his statements in a press release on March 12, the cardinal pointed out that, on the question of remarried divorcees, “it is the Pope himself who wishes for a debate,” even if “some wish to put an end to it.”

For his part, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explained on the Vatican Radio on March 24, that the cardinals who expressed themselves thus spoke only for themselves, privately and unofficially, and that “his own dicastery is the only one that participates directly in the Pope’s magisterium.” He recalled that his role is to “protect the Faith”, that can never “flirt with public opinion.” – This public debate on serious questions concerning conjugal morality, desired by the Pope, is nonetheless sowing great confusion. (see DICI no.292 March 14, 2014)

(sources: apic/afp/la croix/radio Notre Dame – DICI no.293, March 28, 2014)

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