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  • German Bishop: Pope Francis Has Effectively Approved of the Intercommunion Handout

    05/10/2018 11:08:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 10, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    As was to be reasonably expected, the progressive wing of the German episcopacy now tries to interpret favorably the recent 3 May message sent by Pope Francis to the German bishops through Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The pope had told the German bishops in Rome that he wishes for a unanimous solution among them and thus effectively declined to give any further doctrinal clarity in the matter of the new German pastoral handout that allows certain Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion on a regular basis. After the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The True Story of Communion in the Hand Revealed

    05/09/2018 3:36:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 8, 2018 | Luisella Scrosati
    Don Federico Bortoli is presently the pastor of the parish of Sant’Andrea Apostolo in Acquaviva in the Diocese of San Marino Montefeltro. He is also diocesan chancellor, judicial vicar, and ecclesiastical counselor for the Unione Cristiana Imprenditori Dirigenti (Christian Union of Entrepreneurs and Executives). He is the defender of the bond at the Flaminio Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Bologna. His book, published last February 22, La distribuzione della Comunione sulla mano (The Distribution of Communion In the Hand), is his doctoral dissertation in Canon Law. We interviewed him on this important topic. The key document relative to the distribution of Holy...
  • On German bishops’ proposal, the Pope’s non-decision is revealing

    05/05/2018 6:12:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    A few weeks ago we were told—by usually reliable sources—that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had rejected the German bishops’ proposal for administering Communion to the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics. We were further informed that Pope Francis had approved the CDF decision. Evidently that report was inaccurate. Or if was accurate at the time, the decision has been rescinded. Now the Pope has instructed the German bishops to seek consensus—ideally, unanimity—on the hotly disputed question, for the sake of “ecclesial communion.” Three observations here: 1) The role of the Roman Pontiff is to resolve disputes among the...
  • On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One

    04/23/2018 7:28:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 133 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One Msgr. Charles Pope • April 22, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardLast week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours we read from St. Justin Martyr who said:No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; Unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ (Apologia Cap 66: 6, 427-431)St Justin may also have in mind a text...
  • Full Text of Seven German Bishops’ Letter on Holy Communion for Protestant Spouses

    04/25/2018 2:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 25, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    In the March 22 letter, published in full below, the seven bishops say they “do not consider” the German bishops’ decision on Feb. 20 to allow Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion in some cases to be “right” because they do not believe the issue to be a pastoral one but rather a “question of the faith and unity of the Church which is not subject to a vote.”  The letter is signed by Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg, Bishop Gregor Hanke of Eichstätt, Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg, Bishop Wolfgang Ipolt of Görlitz, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer...
  • Vatican Rejects German Bishops’ Intercommunion Proposal

    04/18/2018 4:32:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 18, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ pastoral guide allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret. Edward Pentin The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Francis, has written a letter to German bishops rejecting their proposal to allow some Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion, but the Pope does not wish the letter to be made public, the Register has learned. Sources in the Vatican and Germany say that Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Guest Op-Ed: Remaining faithful to Christ

    03/02/2018 1:12:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 2, 2018 | Veronica A. Arntz
    Guest Op-Ed: Remaining faithful to Christ By Veronica A. Arntz Highlights from Cardinal Sarah and Fr. Thomas Weinandy This past week, there were two announcements about pieces of literature that left the liberals quaking (and complaining loudly). The first is a preface, written by Cardinal Robert Sarah, for a new book on Communion, who called for a return to receiving Communion on the tongue while kneeling, rather than in the hands while standing. While many readers of this blog already follow this request, we should rejoice at this call for greater reverence. The second is an address, which was given by...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Widespread Communion in the hand is part of Satan’s attack on the Eucharist

    02/22/2018 10:20:20 AM PST · by Petrosius · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 22, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The head of the Vatican department overseeing liturgy is summoning the Catholic faithful to return to receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling. In the preface to a new book on the subject, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, writes: “The most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, by sowing errors and fostering an unsuitable way of receiving it. Truly the war between Michael and his Angels on one side, and Lucifer on the other, continues in the hearts of the faithful.” “Satan’s target is the Sacrifice...
  • Bishop Schneider: “It is a Kind of Blasphemy” for Sinners to “Demand Access to Holy Communion”

    In a new interview with Rorate Caeli, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, one of the signatories of a Dec 30 statement calling any sacramental discipline that allows Communion for the divorced and remarried “Alien to the entire tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith,” explains why he is one of the signatories of this latest broadside against the popular pastoral implementation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. His interview comes amidst rumors that Pope Francis is planning a campaign of “denigration” of the signatories through his various media surrogates in retaliation for their opposition — in a way similar to what...
  • The Day the Blessed Sacrament Became Suspended in the Air (Catholic Caucus)

    05/18/2016 3:37:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 17, 2016 | Father Pierre Saadeh
    The patriarch Jeremiah Al Amchiti was born in Amsheet, Lebanon, where he grew up and received education until God called him for his service in the religious life. In fact, he became a monk, and with the help of his brothers David and Joseph, he lived for a while as a hermit in Amsheet’s hermitages. Those hermitages included vast and high cellars and three churches: Our Lady of the Sea, Saint Zakhia, and Saint John. They are all known as Saint Zakhia’s churches, and are considered today among the most important ancient ruins in Amsheet.In 1199, Jeremiah Al Amchiti was...
  • Pope Francis: ‘I don’t remember’ controversial footnote in exhortation [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 10:00:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Jalsevac
    It was the footnote heard around the world. Footnote 351, to be precise. The dynamite – or so it seemed to some – quietly buried deep in Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. To journalists poring over the exhortation hoping to learn how the pope intended to resolve the debate that had pitted cardinal against cardinal and bishop against bishop at the two recent synods at the family, it seemed to provide the key. “In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments,” the footnote reads, before making reference to the Eucharist and confession. Were these the...
  • Tokyo Priests Deny Holy Communion for Kneeling (Catholic Caucus)

    03/31/2016 4:04:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | March 31, 2016 | Bradley Eli, M.Div., MA.Th.
    TOKYO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Parishioners have been warned by two priests at a parish in Tokyo not to kneel for Holy Communion. In so doing, they're knowingly opposing the directives from Rome and from their own bishops' conference. The parishioners informed ChurchMilitant.com that they're too scared to kneel. One parishioner, Neil Day, said: The situation is extremely volatile. If anyone kneels in front of either Fr. Grimm or Fr. Russell, they will be refused. The reactions of these two priests tends to be extremely rude where Fr. Grimm actually physically grabbed a woman by the arm to try and force her...
  • 10 Things to Remember When Receiving Communion (Catholic Caucus)

    12/21/2015 7:14:17 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Churches will be crowded soon with more people heading to Mass who don’t regularly attend. We’ll all be seeing some unfamiliar faces in the pews. And I know I’ll be seeing people in the Communion line I’ve never seen before; some will be casual Christmas-and-Easter Catholics, some will be visitors from out of town. And inevitably, I know I’ll be seeing people receive the sacrament in some creative ways.(In my parish, we stopped distributing the Precious Blood a couple years ago, during one of our big flu outbreaks, and the practice was never restored.)People will debate this until the Second Coming, but the...
  • ALONE WITH JESUS CHRIST AFTER HOLY COMMUNION A PRAYER

    Mass is over. Jesus Christ and I are alone together. Just "All by Ourselves". If I can, I will always remain after Mass and make a good Thanksgiving. This maybe my last Communion; I will make it my best. This maybe my last Thanksgiving; I will make it my best. Thanks to others always, but always thanks to God; and with all my heart- these few are precious moments. "Jesus Christ, I believe that you are my God. I believe that I have received your Body, your Blood, Your Soul, and Your Divinity. You are my Creator, My Redeemer, My...
  • On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part One

    06/08/2015 7:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part One By: Msgr. Charles PopeI indicated yesterday an intention to expand on the need for the reverent and worthy reception of Holy Communion, to develop an apologetic for the Church’s practice of what some call “closed communion.”  Not everyone who uses this terminology means it pejoratively, though some do. But to some extent it is fair to say that we do have “closed communion.” For the Catholic Church, Holy Communion is not a “come one, come all” event. It is reserved for those who, by grace, preserve union with the Church through adherence...
  • On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part Two (Particular Issues)

    06/09/2015 7:46:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part Two (Particular Issues) By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post we examined some fundamental principles related to Holy  Communion: that it is not akin to the “table fellowship” Jesus had with sinners but is rooted in the “family meal” of the Passover Celebration, and that it must be received worthily and authentically based on what Scripture and Tradition have set forth. Our “Amen” is more than an affirmation of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, it is an “Amen” to all that the Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be...
  • Cardinal Kasper Says Francis Did Not Approve his Communion Proposal

    06/04/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTNCardinal Walter Kasper has clarified that Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance. The cardinal made the remarks in an interview with EWTN during a visit to the United States. He said the Pope wanted him to “put the question”, and that afterwards he “expressed his satisfaction with my talk”. But he added: “I wouldn’t say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.” The remarks appear to represent a backtracking from earlier comments....
  • Further Problems With American Eucharistic Practice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Christian Browne’s excellent critique of how receiving Communion-in-the-hand while standing are practices that might be reconsidered to strengthen American Catholics’ understanding of the Eucharist properly notes that these ideologically driven changes were required in no way by Vatican II or even the Holy See. Let me add three additional Eucharist-related phenomena bedeviling the “American Church” that also lack much of a doctrinal or theological base but which have become, for ideological reasons, part of the landscape of “American” Catholicism: extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, blessings in the Eucharistic procession, and the disconnect between the Sacraments of Penance and the...
  • 3 Surprising Things About Divine Mercy Sunday (Catholic Caucus)

    04/11/2015 3:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 11, 2015 | FR. CHRIS DECKER
    1. Jesus asked for it. St. Faustina Kowalska, was a young member of The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Lodz, Poland. In the early 1930s, she received a series of messages from The Lord expounding His desire to extend mercy upon humanity. He asked her to write these messages down. Among the messages was the request for an image of Himself to be commissioned: "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world."(The Diary of St. Maria Faustina...
  • Catholic Apologetics: Non-Catholics in the Communion Line

    04/15/2015 1:38:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 150 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | April 15, 2015 | Michelle Arnold
    There are usually a few Masses per year at which there can be expected to be a large number of non-Catholics present. Christmas and Easter Masses are popular with non-Catholics, mainly because they are visiting Catholic family and friends. Nuptial Masses, especially when one of the parties to be married is a non-Catholic Christian, will have large turnouts of non-Catholics (sometimes up to half the congregation). Non-Catholics can also be expected at Masses offered for other sacramental firsts and life-cycle events, such as confirmations and funerals.This reality raises a common question for the apologists here at Catholic Answers: What...