Skip to comments.German Churches Plan to Continue Talks on Shared Communion
Posted on 10/13/2020 6:03:37 PM PDT by marshmallow
BONN, Germany (CNS) The German Catholic bishops conference and the council of the Evangelical Church in Germany plan to continue their discussions about shared Communion, reported the German Catholic news agency, KNA.
German Catholic and Protestant theologians and bishops had published an appraisal of the topic in May, and it was scheduled to be discussed at the German bishops fall plenary assembly in Fulda at the end of September.
However, on Sept. 18, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith voiced strong objections to the appraisal, saying that differences between Catholics and Protestants in the understanding of the Eucharist and the ministry were still so grave that they ruled out the attendance of at each others services, KNA reported.
On Oct. 6, leaders of both churches identified questions that still need to be clarified and addressed by Catholic and Protestant sides in different ways, KNA reported.
For the Catholic Church, the open questions are so weighty that it does not feel able to allow mutual participation in general before they are clarified, especially since the question of the unity of the Catholic Church is affected here as well, said the statement from the church leaders.
Germany has many mixed marriages Catholic and Protestant and the issue of being able to receive Communion at each others churches has long been an issue of concern. In 2018, one Catholic-Lutheran couple who had been married 24 years told Catholic News Service that many couples like themselves have experienced rebuffs and coldheartedness from the churches, which has strained their marriage and led to estrangement from church.
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IN +CHRISTO REGE.
I just dont see what is so important about this.
You do not join with those who dont believe what you believe.
These people are fixated with false unity, unity for the sakemof unity. Its syncretistic and unionistic and not the unity Christ wants believers to have.
This isn’t about sharing communions. Protestants don’t believe in it - their communion is just a quick snack, nothing more. Catholics actually believe in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and hence not something non-Catholics are supposed to receive. Protestant bread, who cares if whoever takes it, it means nothing.
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