This was written by **Pnewton **on a now closed thread on the communion topic.
[quote]Originally Posted by Ginny89 View Post
Excuse me, neither you nor anyone has the right to reject Pope John Paul II’s teaching that it is impossible to grant communion in the manner the Argentinians purport to and that Pope Francis has encouraged.
FYI - St. John Paul never commented on the Argentinians proposal, nor did he use the word “impossible” in dealing with this topic. Had he done so, he could have made an infallible proclamation, which he did not do. What he wrote was:
However, 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. Besides this there is another special pastoral reason: If these people were admitted to the eucharist the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage
I wanted to clarify this because exaggeration of any kind must be avoided. Not all the Church leadership is in agreement on what can be done and cannot be done to implement Amoris Laetitia. There really should be more tolerance of disagreement here simply because there is not infallible proclamation made on this topic.
Maybe one will come out. I do not think so because of my own thoughts on the subject, but I also know I may be wrong.
Alright. I seem to be confusing FC and perhaps Cardinal Ratzinger’s comment. I shall look at where it is precisely I read “impossible” as I am sure I did. In any case, thanks for the clarification.
I have created this thread to fulfill that committment.
Yes, in fact, my hunch was right. I was referencing the CDF’s (Cardinal Ratzinger’s) own interpretation of that John Paul II quotation Pnewton has provided. It is they who read it as “impossible”. Here it is:
This norm is not at all a punishment or a discrimination against the divorced and remarried, but rather expresses **an objective situation that of itself renders impossible the reception of Holy Communion: **“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 his Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage”(7).