Synod. The German Bishops Are Putting the Cart Before the Horse
“We are not a subsidiary of Rome. Every episcopal conference is responsible for pastoral care in its own cultural context, and must preach the Gospel in its own original way. We cannot wait for a synod to tell us how we must shape the pastoral care of marriage and the family.”
Feb 25, 2015
Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Archbishop of Munich
President of the German Episcopal Conference
Some interesting quotes from the link above: chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351043?eng=y
Most Catholics accept homo sexual relationships if the partners practice values such as love, faithfulness, responsibility for one another and reliability, but they do not thereby place homosexual partnerships on the same footing as marriage.
Not only do the German bishops approve of giving absolution and communion to the divorced and remarried, but they also express the hope that civil second marriages be blessed in church, that Eucharistic communion also be given to non-Catholic spouses, that the goodness of homosexual relationships and same-sex unions be recognized.
In almost all the dioceses of Germany, sacramental absolution and Eucharistic communion are given to the divorced and remarried, as already made clear by a previous document from the German episcopal conference, approved on June 24, 2014 and proudly exhibited in Rome at last October’s session of the synod on the family.
Based on the article above, this could happen in German confessional:
Father, my last confession was a year ago. I married my catholic ex-wife 2 years ago in the Catholic church & I got divorced 9 months ago. Then without any annulment, I got REmarried with my new wife who is a protestant in her Baptist church. About 2 months ago, I had an office affair with my co-worker who is a gay. I have ended that homosexual relationship. I want to go back to my second protestant wife and start receiving the communion again. I also ASK FOR the forgiveness of MY OTHER SINS that I DID NOT REALIZE & COULD NOT REMEMBER. That’s all my sins, father.
Marital affair is always sinful whether it happens during the first or second marriage but homosexual relationship, in and of itself, is not sinful as long as both homosexuals can practice values such as love, faithfulness, responsibility for one another and reliability. It is good that you decide to end your affair. Now for your penitence, please say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, & 1 Glory Be. Now please pray the Act of Contrition.
**GERMAN PENITENT: **Act of contrition
God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of your son, you have reconciled the world to yourself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the church, may God grant you pardon and peace. And I absolve you of your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Will God honor the sacramental absolution for that GERMAN PENITENT knowing that Both GERMAN PENITENT & CONFESSOR favor homosexual relationship as not sinful in and of itself as long as both partners “Practice values such as love, faithfulness, responsibility for one another and reliability.” ?
Will God honor the sacramental absolution for that GERMAN PENITENT knowing that The GERMAN PENITENT believes that there is nothing wrong/sinful with his second marriage that happened without any annulment for his previous marriage and because of that he will enjoy the conjugal act with his second wife “as usual”?
Will God honor the sacramental absolution for that GERMAN PENITENT (regardless of whatever is his disbelief and ignorance of divorce & remarry, homosexual relationship & sacrilege) AFTER the penitent says: “I also ASK FOR the forgiveness of MY OTHER SINS that I DID NOT REALIZE & COULD NOT REMEMBER” ?