Divorced and remarried/communion

How should we take this?


“The pope had told reporters accompanying him on his plane back from Rio de Janeiro in July that the next synod would explore a “somewhat deeper pastoral care of marriage,” including the question of the eligibility of divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion.”

We should take it as exactly what he said – the next synod will look into a “deeper pastoral care of marriage.” ***One part ***of that will be looking at the situation of divorced and remarried Catholics with regard to receiving Communion.

It’s really useless to speculate further at this point. Not that people won’t :shrug:

For reference, this is what he says on this topic in his book “On Heaven and Earth”:

“Catholic doctrine reminds its divorced members who have remarried that they are not excommunicated — even though they live in a situation on the margin of what indissolubility of marriage and the sacrament of marriage require of them — and they are asked to integrate into the parish life,”

And this is what the catechism says:

“1650 Today there are numerous Catholics in many countries who have recourse to civil divorce and contract new civil unions. In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ - “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery"160 the Church maintains that a new union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Eucharistic communion as long as this situation persists. For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities. Reconciliation through the sacrament of Penance can be granted only to those who have repented for having violated the sign of the covenant and of fidelity to Christ, and who are committed to living in complete continence.
1651 Toward Christians who live in this situation, and who often keep the faith and desire to bring up their children in a Christian manner, priests and the whole community must manifest an attentive solicitude, so that they do not consider themselves separated from the Church, in whose life they can and must participate as baptized persons:
They should be encouraged to listen to the Word of God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community efforts for justice, to bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God’s grace.161”

This is exactly why I’m confused about how a remarried person could ever take Communion. If adulterers could receive Christ without absolution (since they don’t have remorse for their actions or intention to stop committing adultery), then they’d be receiving in the state of a mortal sin, which is committing a mortal sin in and of itself.

There’s no way a remarried person should be allowed to receive Communion.

Well, it may not have to do with giving communion to the re-married per se. The quote from his book is about getting them involved in parish life, not giving them communion. It could also have to do with clarifying who can get annulments (and who cant), clarify which marriages are valid (and which arent), etc.

In other words, there are other aspects of the topic to discuss besides simply giving communion to re-married people. Beyond that, I dont know.

Is the rule against divorce dogma or cannon law?

This is how it was explained to me by Br. Jay:

The doctrine is that one cannot be married, if one is already married, regardless of what divorce courts say. That second marriage is invalid. That’s doctrine.
The doctrine never said that they cannot receive Holy Communion. The whole issue around Holy Communion is more complicated than a simple doctrine.
One cannot receive Holy Communion if one is in a state of grave sin. You have to go to confession.
But when you go to confession, you must be sorry for your sin and you must promise to TRY to behave.
One who is in an invalid marriage and has no plans to get out of an invalid marriage, can’t promise to try to be good. The priest cannot give him absolution. If the priest cannot give him absolution, how can he go to Holy Communion.
The whole issue of Holy Communion is an issue of logic, not doctrine.

Synod is already being discussed in another thread

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