Even Bergoglio Devotee Admits: „FrankenPope Is Mis-Quoting Canon Law”

Even Bergoglio Devotee Admits: „FrankenPope Is Mis-Quoting Canon Law”

en.news – 6/22/18

Pope Francis said on June 21 in the aeroplane from Geneva that canon law allows bishops but not bishops’ conferences to introduce intercommunion.

Francis called a sacrilegious German proposal on intercommunion “not a novelty”, “well done”, “a restrictive document”, “well thought”, “with ecclesial spirit” claiming that it corresponds to canon law.

According to Francis, individual bishops have a right to decide about intercommunion [which is not true].

Even the Bergoglian journalist Robert Mickens who has insulted Benedict XVI as “the rat”, said on Twitter (June 22) that Francis has gotten “this terribly wrong” and that he was “mis-quoting” canon law.

Canon 844 allows non-Catholics to receive Communion “if the danger of death is present or if, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops [sic!], some other grave necessity urges it”.

Mixed marriages are not nor should any marriage be a “grave necessity”.

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6 comments on “Even Bergoglio Devotee Admits: „FrankenPope Is Mis-Quoting Canon Law”

  1. [Including the reporter who asked the question!]

    Cdl. Brandmüller Sets Record Straight Concerning the German Intercommunion Handout

    Maike Hickson – June 23, 2018

    In light of the 21 June remarks by Pope Francis concerning the German intercommunion handout allowing some Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion, Cardinal Brandmüller reminds Catholics now of the fundamental principles involved in this matter. He reminds us that there are only few cases of dire emergency where Christians of the Eastern Orthodox Church may receive Holy Communion. He also says: “Only the truth makes us free.”

    On 21 June, Pope Francis gave yet another in-flight interview to some journalists on his flight back from Geneva to Rome. In this new interview, he came out suddenly defending the controversial German intercommunion handout, calling it “well done” and “well thought out, with an ecclesial [sic] spirit.” He now also claims that the German intercommunion handout is in accord with to the 1983 Code of Canon Law (CIC), saying: “what the [German] bishops wanted was to say clearly what is in the Code.” The Pope adds that what was wrong with the German handout is that it was done by the German bishops’ conference itself, further stating that in the CIC it is not foreseen that the bishops’ conference rules over such matters. Francis states: “The thing slipped there, that is, saying that it is for the German Episcopal Conference. And there’s a problem there, because the Code doesn’t provide for that. It provides for the diocesan bishop, but not for the episcopal conference.” [emphasis added] It was “not so much the content” that was the problem, the pontiff states. He now seems to announce that the German handout will be maturely published after all: “I believe that this [German handout] will be a guiding document,” thereby implying that it will soon come out, and more or less as it is. The goal is “that each of the diocesan bishops can handle what is already permitted under Canon Law.”

    As we shall see, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller sets the record straight with regard to several statements made by the Pope, even though he does not mention him by name in his commentary. In Brandmüller’s statement, which is entitled “Holy Communion for Non-Catholics Spouses in Mixed Marriages?” and which has been published today by the Austrian Catholic news website Kath.net, he clarifies three important points:

    The Code of Canon Law 844§4 CIC foresees that a non-Catholic Christian may receive Holy Communion in “danger of death” or in a similar “situation of danger” under the condition that he “freely requests the Holy Eucharist,” “shares the Catholic belief in the Holy Eucharist” and that he “cannot reach his own minister” and that “he is in the state of grace.” As Brandmüller reminds us, this “situation of danger” has to be assessed “according to the judgment of the local bishop or the bishops’ conference [sic].”

    The Catholic Church had here in mind “Orthodox and ancient Near Eastern Christians, who anyway already share the Catholic Eucharistic belief” and who live often in situations of a diaspora where they seldom even meet one of their own priests.

    This Canon cannot be applied to Protestant spouses of Catholics in situations of daily life: “It is evident that the preconditions for the application of can. 844§4 are not at all given for the specific case of non-Catholic spouses of Catholics.”

    Cardinal Brandmüller then returns to the fact that the canon applies to “extreme situations” (such as war, persecution, natural disasters) and that either the local bishop or the bishops’ conference may make a judgment about the nature of these situations. He then adds that such an “emergency situation” “does not apply in the case of the German intercommunion handout and its claim to admit non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to Holy Communion with some reference to their spiritual distress.”

    Moreover, the German cardinal also raises the question as to why those non-Catholic spouses do not simply ask to be properly admitted to the Catholic Church. “One is either fully Catholic or not at all; an “à la carte” [Catholicism] is not possible.” In the eyes of Cardinal Brandmüller, however, there are many Christians for whom “the question of truth does not play any role, or, if so, then merely a secondary role.” “The mere glue of a pragmatism that has forgotten truth cannot restore the broken unity in the Faith. Only the truth makes us free,” he concludes [emphasis added].

    With his polite comments, Cardinal Brandmüller thus corrects the Pope’s claim that, according to Canon Law, the bishops’ conference is not to be involved in this matter of Holy Communion for non-Catholics. He also corrects the papal claim that the German handout is in accordance with Canon Law. And, finally, he makes it once more clear that a habitual reception of Holy Communion by a non-Catholic is not at all foreseen or permitted by this particular Church law.

    Importantly, even the German bishops’ website Katholisch.de today raises the question of the accuracy and consistency of the recent papal words concerning the German intercommunion handout. Roland Juchem – the very journalist who had asked the Pope, during the flight back from Geneva, about the German intercommunion question – indulgently comments on this papal interview, pointing out that such spontaneous comments of the Pope are not as well prepared as his official statements. Afterwards, Juchem points out some mistakes made by the Pope, for example that the Pope said confusingly “Because something approved in an episcopal conference immediately becomes universal [Italian: universale].” Juchem comments: “Implicitly, this means that it is ‘relevant for the Universal Church’. Because one decision by a larger bishops’ conference has another effect on the Universal Church, more than the one made by a single bishop.”

    The “second difficulty” caused by Pope Francis is in Juchem’s eyes that the Pope claimed that a bishops’ conference could not, according to Canon Law, make such a judgment as to what those “emergency situations” are. “The case is clear,” however, Juchem concludes: “a bishops’ conference, according to Canon Law, can also regulate such questions.”

    As we reported earlier, the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost recently gave an overview over how many national bishops’ conferences have already issued such specific pastoral guidelines with regard to the nature of those “emergency situations.” There are twenty-one of them. As Die Tagespost then made clear: none of these guidelines have given permission for Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion.

    When considering this question of Holy Communion for non-Catholics, it might be worth considering the ethos and doctrine of Tradition in this matter. Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin has just published on his twitter account a comparison between the 1917 Code of Canon Law and the 1983 new Code of Canon Law (can 844). The 1917 Code of Canon Law (574) stated clearly that “It is forbidden to minister the Sacraments of the Church to heretics and to schismatics, even though they are in good faith and ask for them, unless they have first renounced their errors and have been reconciled to the Church.” (We remind our readers here that Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in a recent OnePeterFive interview, criticized canon 844 when speaking about the “problematic and contradictory principle of canon 844 of the Code of the Canon Law.”)

    In view of Pope Francis’ own new claims about the German intercommunion handout, one justly wonders what, then, all these recent CDF letters and Rome meetings were about?

    The German bishops will meet, on Monday and Tuesday next week, for their regular gathering. We shall then hear what they themselves have to say about the future and nature of their own purportedly pastoral intercommunion handout.

    So, in light of all these confusing messages coming to us from the Pope, we will now have to wait for another clarification from the Vatican as to what the Pope really meant to say and what Canon Law – in the view of Tradition – really has to say.

  2. The term “clarification” in connection with Jorgean double-/triple-speak is an exercise in futility.

  3. That is the usefulness of a clown pope (for the Illuminati and anti-Catholic secret societies). Not only does he not have to follow the rules, but he can make up new ones.

  4. “Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in a recent OnePeterFive interview, criticized canon 844 when speaking about the ‘problematic and contradictory principle of canon 844 of the Code of the Canon Law.’)”
    /
    Good on ya, Your Excellency.
    I’m glad to see that some people are picking up on the obvious: the New Code was promulgated by the Modernist Unsaint JPii. Therefore, it would defy the laws of probability that the New Code could be entirely aligned with all the dogmas of Faith and morals.
    Since the day of its promulgation, the entire New Code has always been viewed with a very suspicious eye by anyone who really understood what Catholicism is.

  5. NuCode is a political, not theological, Book of Get Outta Jail Free card for Liberals.

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