FrankenPope declines to rule on German bishops’ intercommunion proposal

FrankenPope declines to rule on German bishops’ intercommunion proposal

[FrankenPope “punts”! “Qui tacet consentire videtur (He who is silent is taken to agree)” or , “Silence means consent”? – AQ Tom]

Catholic World News – May 04, 2018

Pope Francis has declined to rule on the validity of a policy approved by the German bishops’ conference, which would allow non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive Communion.

The policy was approved by a majority of the German bishops, but a substantial minority objected, and seven German bishops wrote to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) asking for clarification on whether the policy was in line with Church teaching.

At a May 3 meeting at the Vatican, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the prefect of the CDF, told a delegation of the German hierarchy that the Holy Father wished them to continue discussion of the issue among themselves, hoping for “a possibly unanimous arrangement.”

During their visit to Rome, the German bishops spoke with officials of the CDF, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. The Vatican announced after the meeting that Archbishop Ladaria would report to Pope Francis, giving him a summary of the conversations.

In April, a widely circulated report indicated that the CDF had ruled against the German bishops’ proposed policy. The German bishops’ conference denied the accuracy of that report.

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6 comments on “FrankenPope declines to rule on German bishops’ intercommunion proposal

  1. Intercommunion and the German bishops: this is what a ‘synodal’ Church looks like
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    [Hat-tip to New Oxford Review: “FrankenPope’s ‘punt’ gives peek at how ‘synodal’ Church looks: Neither side may be completely satisfied with the outcome”]
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    by Christopher Altieri – posted Friday, 4 May 2018
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    The Vatican has failed to come down clearly on either side of the German intercommunion debate
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    The Vatican punted. That is the short version of the news that came yesterday evening from the Press Office of the Holy See, following a meeting of German prelates in the Vatican to discuss the disagreement over whether to admit non-Catholics to Communion, and if so under what circumstances. The statement explained that the “colloquies” took place at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the prefect of the CDF, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, presiding over what looks for all the world like a mediation session.
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    “During the course of the colloquies,” reads the statement from the Press Office of the Holy See that made the announcement, “Archbishop Ladaria explained that Pope Francis appreciates the ecumenical commitment of the German Bishops and asks them to find, in a spirit of ecclesial communion, a possibly unanimous result.”
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    So, the question of Communion for non-Catholic spouses in marriages between a Catholic and a non-Catholic party now goes back to the German bishops.
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    If Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and the president of the conference that approved the proposal, expected Rome to come down in favour of the conference, he will be disappointed. The bishops on the other side, led by Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, may be more pleased with the development, even if they are not completely satisfied.
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    Cardinal Woelki et al asked for the meeting in Rome, which ended up being a rehearsal of the issues before the head of CDF. The Press Office communiqué stated them succinctly as the relationship of the question to faith and pastoral care, its relevance for the universal Church, and its juridical dimension.That Rome did not simply decide the matter, or take it out of the German bishops’ hands, or even direct a decision, is in a certain sense a “win” for the minority party, in that they may well have gone into the meeting prepared to count anything not coming to a rubber stamp of the conference vote as at least a minor and tactical victory.
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    Those in favour of the measure argue two things. First, that there is a “grave necessity” that arises from the threat to marital unions and the faith of the Catholic part in mixed unions that stems from the prohibition on non-Catholics from Holy Communion, which means that such couples cannot licitly receive Communion together. Secondly, the fact that many non-Catholic spouses in such unions already do receive Communion in Catholic churches with their Catholic spouses (policing such matters is often nigh on impossible), hence the need for a pastoral framework to guide it. Supporters believe there is just enough room in the law (Canon 844.4, for those interested) to make that happen.
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    Cardinal Woelki and other bishops maintain that the situation, while lamentable, is permanent and relatively stable, hence predictable, resulting from the particular circumstances that have arisen and developed in Germany – cradle of Lutheranism – admitting of appropriate pastoral address and therefore not the kind of emergency the law exists to supply or remedy. They also maintain that a matter so directly touching and deeply affecting the unity of the Church ought to be addressed at the highest levels of ecclesiastical governance.
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    However this plays out, we may have just got a peek at what a “synodal” Church looks like at work under Pope Francis. If the bishops who support the pastoral measure expected Rome to back them on grounds that the conference had spoken and the bishops on the other side are simply out of luck, they will have been disappointed. With their numbers, they may have a mechanical or political advantage in whatever happens next. Nevertheless, Pope Francis’s Vatican is evidently not one in which either the numbers or the mechanics count for everything.
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    On the other hand, it could be that Pope Francis really does support the majority, but wants the matter to pass through normal channels and with procedures as regular as possible. This would give him a measure of cover, it is true, though he might have been able to spin it that way had he simply confirmed the decision of the majority. Even if he is sympathetic to the majority view of the question, he does not want it to pass even under the appearance of papal fiat.
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    Meanwhile, “Archbishop Ladaria will inform the Holy Father about the content of the colloquy.” Pope Francis is watching. As we learned at the conclusion of the third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – the first of the two recent assemblies on the family – “[I]t was necessary to live through all this with tranquility, and with interior peace, so that the synod would take place cum Petro and sub Petro (with Peter and under Peter), and the presence of the Pope is the guarantee of it all.”
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    Apparently, that goes not only for the assemblies of the world’s bishops, but for local and regional conferences as well. The father wants his sons to work it out among themselves. Whether they will be able to resolve their differences and come to a compromise acceptable to all, even if not entirely satisfactory to anyone, remains to be seen. Presumably, none of the German bishops want their toys taken away.

  2. Released at this time by coincidence or design?

    International Theological Commission releases document on synodality
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    Catholic World News – 5/4/18
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    The Commission assists the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in examining doctrinal questions. “Synodality in the life and mission of the Church,” dated March 2, was published in Italian on May 3 on the Commission’s website; the document has four chapters (“synodality in Scripture, Tradition, history,” “towards a theology of synodality,” “the actuation of synodality,” and “conversion through a renewed synodality”).

  3. This entirely hypocritical exercise smells like a three day old used diaper. It is just one more ecumaniacal kabuki dance to honor vile Lutheranism.
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    Once Paul VI cut loose the Third Wave of the Invasion to destroy Catholic worship ( the first being Bugnini’s wrecking the Triduum under Pius XII, the second being liberal seizure of power at V2 ), holiness and fear of the Lord were sidelined to enshrine modernity and its mistress, or should one rather suggest “dominatrix”?, ecumania.

  4. One needn’t bother to over-ponder the Sacramental Theology involved to see how lethal this insanity has been, how far from the Catholic Faith, expressed so clearly in the Monuments of Tradition, ModChurch has distanced itself since V2. Basic Logic destroys the entire liberal conceit.
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    Scripture warns against anyone failing to recognize the Body of the Lord. And no less a Saint than Theresa of Avila was very blunt when she wrote that Luther was leading millions to hell. 450 years later, we’re looking at close to a billion baptized Catholics who have none more so to “thank” for this atrocity than the whole conciliar apparatus, beginning with its six successive liberal pontiffs.
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    While I hold that dis-educated faithful, acting in authentic good faith, those that sincerely pursue sanctification in the Sacraments, revised as they have been, and fervent prayer are certainly just as Catholic as any “traditionalist” supposes himself, also in good faith and sincerely, to be, ModChurch is playing a numbers game. It is convinced that, since 99% of the faithful will sit still for anything since only 1% (or, actually, less) have raised an alarm, it will be able to deliver the great majority of the 99 when the day arrives on which a pope drops all pretenses and surrenders all of them as victims to the idols of ecumania run by the NWO.
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    At this point, except for technicalities, we have just about seen the completion of such a project. God save us all.

  5. This entire exercise, inter-communion, reminds me of a lecture we heard in Catholic elementary school in the early 50s wherein the Nun said: it is a mortal sin for a Catholic to take part in non Catholic religious ceremonies. So, what’s changed? Vatican II, that’s what changed. We have boneheads in the hierarchy who simply don’t have the Faith and are prancing around in their ceremonial robes as if they did. It won’t wash and they know it.

  6. It’s that principle of non contradiction again, to wit: something cannot both be true and untrue at the same time and in the same way. Many have violated this principle in interpreting Vatican II, especially in the craze of ecumania. Remember that Vatican II proclaimed nothing that had not already been proclaimed as true by the Church. Either a person perceives the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist or does not. If one does not, that person is restricted from Communion. And it doesn’t matter what label they carry.

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