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￼ No. 6678 CatholicHerald.co.uk September 26 2014 £1.50 (Republic of Ireland €1.80)
Cardinal: Communion for remarried would require ‘quite a radical rethink’
CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS has said that admitting remarried Catholics to Holy Communion would require “quite a radical rethink” of Church teaching.
Speaking at a press conference in London on Tuesday, days before he was due to fly to Rome to repre- sent the Bishops of England and Wales at the extraordinary synod on the family, the cardinal said: “I don’t see for myself where this area of manoeuvre opens up without quite a radical rethink of one or another [the indissolubility of marriage or the theology of the Eucharist]. So I go to this synod intent on listening to what people have to say.”
Cardinal Nichols was respond- ing to a heated debate over whether some remarried Catholics should be allowed to receive Communion after a period of penance. The change in Church practice was proposed by Cardinal Walter Kasper at a meeting of cardinals in Febru- ary and is likely to be discussed at next month’s synod. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contra- venes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Eucharistic communion as long as this situa- tion persists.”
The cardinal said he would also focus on the challenge of finding ways of creating a “culture of mercy in the Church”, but that this was distinct from necessary actions for
He said he wanted to emphasise that Catholics’ understanding of Church teaching on marriage needed to be refreshed. Asked if the Church should emphasise that unmarried couples who are cohabiting and not in chaste relationships are not permitted to receive Communion either, Cardinal Nichols said: “When a person pres- ents themselves for Communion the Holy Father. I arranged every-
thing with him. He was in agree- ment. What can a cardinal do but stand with the pope? I am not the target, the target is another.”
When asked if the target was Pope Francis, who had invited Cardinal Kasper to present his proposal in February, the cardi- nal replied: “Probably yes.”
Cardinal Kasper was respond- ing to a new book which features contributions from five cardinals who criticise his arguments in favour of admitting remarried Catholics to Communion.
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The Archbishop of Westminster said that he wanted to deliver the central message to the synod that any marriage which is “truly the place of the conscious, willing acceptance of God’s grace can no more be dissolved than the Eucharist can be returned to bread, because it is the work of God”. Cardinal Vincent Nichols at the press conference on Tuesday: ‘I go to this synod intent on listening to what people have to say’
forgiveness and conversion. He said: “Mercy is the air we are to breathe, forgiveness and conversion the path- way we have to walk.” the onus of doing so lies with that person. So as a matter of practice priests do not refuse to give Holy Communion. Somebody who has entered a second civil marriage has already made a public statement, soinawaythatdoesputtheminadifferentsituationbecausetheyhavemadeastatementonpublicrecordofwheretheirlifeis,andIthinkthat’sthedifferenceinthetwocases you’ve put forward. Now, in order to fully understand the significance of receiving Holy Communion, we need to explain what that’s about. I think the levels at which we share in the Mass in the sacrifice of Christ cannot be reduced to one. So there is a genuine and total participation in the sacrifice of Christ through being present at the Mass. Eucharis- tic sharing is a particular fulfilment
The cardinal was speaking amid a growing dispute among cardi- nals over Communion for the remarried. In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Mattino, Cardinal Kasper said that fellow cardinals who had criticised his proposal were seeking a “doctrinal
Among them are Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura, and Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna.
Cardinal George Pell has writ- ten the foreword to another book, entitled The Gospel of the Family. The Vatican cardinal writes: “The sooner the wounded, the luke- warm and the outsiders realise that substantial doctrinal and pastoral changes are impossible, the more the hostile disappoint- ment (which must follow the reassertion of doctrine) will be anticipated and dissipated.”
Although the annulment process was also expected to be a major topic of discussion at the extraor- dinary synod, the Vatican announced on Saturday that Pope Francis has already established a special commission in order to review the marriage annulment of that, but it’s not the only way. And I think that’s a richness that we need to open as well.” Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk process. The commission will start work as soon as possible and will focus on reforming the matrimonial process in order to make it more simple and to safeguard marriage’s indissoluble nature.
war” at the synod. Cardinal Kasper said: “They claim to know on their own what truth is, but Catholic doctrine is not a closed system, but a living tradition that develops. They want to crystallise the truth in certain formulas ... the formulas of tradition. Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world to pray for the synod this coming Sunday and to seek the intercession of St John XXIII and St John Paul II.
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￼Pope weeps as elderly priest tells of being tortured by Communists
￼Franciscan Fr Ernest Simoni, 84, talked publicly about his life as a priest under a militant atheist regime that targeted people of every faith between 1944 and 1991. The priest said his religious supe- riors were shot dead and the
￼BY CAROL GLATZ military drafted him in an effort to “make me disappear. I spent two years there, years that were worse than any prison.” denounce the Church. He was eventually freed, but later arrested and sent to a prison camp, where he worked in a mine for 18 years and then 10 more years in sewage canals. Christians caught up in a cycle of revenge to let go of their hatred and embrace God’s love. THE POPE was moved to tears as he heard the story of a priest who survived Albania’s Communist crackdown during Vespers in Tirana cathedral on Sunday. He was ordained a priest in 1956, on the feast of Divine Mercy, but on Christmas Eve in 1963 Fr Ernest was arrested while celebrating Mass and sentenced to death by firing squad. He was beaten, placed for three months in solitary confinement under inhumane conditions, then tortured because he refused to
All the time Fr Ernest was imprisoned, he said, he cele- brated Mass from memory in Latin, heard Confessions and distributed Holy Communion to other prisoners – all clan- destinely. When the regime collapsed in 1991, he returned to ministry by serving isolated mountain villages, urging
Father’s attention at a general audience. He then persuaded Francis to swap his skullcap for a replica he had brought. BY SIMON MARTELLI delicious food for one of our parish parties, I recognised instantly that she had a very
￼A SKULLCAP belonging to Pope Francis has gone on sale on eBay, attracting a bid of almost €90,000 (£70,000) for a charity helping African children. The skullcap was put on eBay later that day and had attracted a bid of €89,050 (£69,700) as we went to press.
￼The Pope was persuaded to hand over the item by the host of a satirical Italian television programme, Le Iene (“The Hyenas”). The host, known as Damiano, got the Holy The money raised will be given to an Italian charity fighting child mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo, The auction was scheduled to close on Wednes- day, with 128 bids.
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￼Since his election Francis has often exchanged his skull- cap with pilgrims at his general audiences.
When the priest finished his testimony, he approached the Pope, who extended his arms to embrace him, and the two men embraced warmly. Moved to tears, Francis removed his glasses and the men briefly rested their fore- heads against each other.
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