U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples

U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples

Claire Chretien

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wasn’t interested in commenting on whether Amoris Laetitia means same-sex couples must be given Holy Communion if their “conscience” tells them it’s OK. As LifeSiteNews asked the question at a Thursday press conference, the bishop of Burlington, Vermont, whispered something to the USCCB’s director of public affairs, who then said questions should only relate to topics the bishops discussed that morning.

“OK, I – you know, the press conference, the panel has been put together pertaining to topics from today’s news agenda, so I think we really need to stick to topics that … were visited this morning as the body of bishops were discussing them,” said Judy Keane, director of public affairs for the USCCB.

LifeSiteNews had asked:

There have been different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia in dioceses across the U.S, and I’m wondering if you think that ministers of Holy Communion must respect the consciences of communicants and that, therefore, homosexual couples should be able to receive Holy Communion – or, in fact, must be given Holy Communion – if they feel that they should do so in conscience?

Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne can be seen whispering to Keane on the below video.

Earlier Thursday, Coyne argued against the permanent establishment of a bishops committee on religious liberty because the “optics” of doing so might suggest the Catholic bishops care more about religious freedom than immigration.

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich is one of the American prelates who is the most vocal about his belief that Amoris Laetitia allows Communion for the divorced and remarried. He also has said that people in same-sex unions can receive Communion and that pro-abortion politicians receiving Communion can be a good thing.

The numerous, differing interpretations of Amoris Laetitia have caused confusion because some bishops are saying the Church’s perennial teaching remains in place while others say it has changed. The Church teaches that it’s sacrilege for those in adultery to receive what it teaches is the literal body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.

Four cardinals have submitted a dubia, or formal request for clarification, to Pope Francis. They’ve asked if Amoris Laetitia is aligned with Catholic morality. He has yet to answer.

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5 comments on “U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples

  1. That press conference today could have been scripted by third-tier writers for the National Lampoon or staffers from the DNC.
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    To repeat what I’ve posted before, several times, Msgr. Fenton, STD, Editor of the American Ecclesiastical Review, a student of Fr. Garrigou-LeGrange, OP and peritus to Cd Ottaviani in the preparatory commission and at Vatican II made plain the nature of the problem.
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    Paraphrasing Monsignor Fenton, of most felicitous and exemplary memory: Since the death of St Pius X, the Church has witnessed only more tolerant, liberal popes who appointed only more and more unfit and stupid men as bishops.

  2. Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne can be seen whispering to Keane on the below video.

    Coyne is a Cardinal Law protégé. The “optics” of him at a Mass for boys they boinked isn’t the best (see the photo at the link: U.S. Catholic bishops on June 14, 2017 at a Mass in reparation for clerical sex abuse).

  3. These Bishops are like EU Bureaucrates . None of them ever held a real job, are political appointees, got the position, by being light in the loafers,having their nose far up another bishops lace dress, loves global warming, abortion , refugees, terrorists, Luther, 🌈 rainbow flags, nuns on the bus, 🏳️‍🌈 LGBT Marchers and pilgrims, and do not have a clue how to answer a simple question. Being a protege of Law is not recommendation for higher office , but for jail. Total joke the whole bunch of them. They act like aSoros NGO, but want taxpayers and parishioners to pay for their follies. Not only are they stupid and unqualified, but malicious and deceitful. They pretend they know what God is thinking , when they could not tell you what the dog next to them is thinking. They are total Frauds and Buffoons . They certainly are not Catholic, most of them anyway and the Church they represent has turned into a political party, promising I do not know what to a bunch of sheep 🐑 in the pews. They are writing checks they cannot pay.

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