Vatican cardinal: allow Communion for Protestant spouse ‘every time’

Vatican cardinal: allow Communion for Protestant spouse ‘every time’

Catholic World News – August 02, 2018

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio has said that the German bishops’ policy, allowing for Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion on a regular basis, is consistent with the laws of the Church.

Cardinal Coccopalmerio— who recently retired from his post as president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the Vatican body charged with interpretation of canon law— told Vatican Insider that the law currently allows for Protestants to receive Communion under exceptional circumstances. However, he went on to say that when a Protestant attends Mass together with a Catholic spouse, “We can honestly answer that it is an exceptional case.”

When pressed by Vatican Insider to say whether a Protestant could receive Communion routinely when attending Mass with a Catholic spouse, the cardinal answered in the affirmative.

Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s statement appeared to be a direct contradiction of a recent statement by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Cardinal Müller had told an Australian Catholic journal that intercommunion, as envisioned in the German bishops’ policy, is “not possible.” Cardinal Müller explained that the reception of the Eucharist is an indication of shared faith, and Protestants do not share the Catholic faith in the Eucharist.

Again Cardinal Coccopalmerio took a contradictory stand. He said that the desire of a Protestant to receive the Eucharist is sufficient evidence of a shared faith. In his words: “It is quite evident that non-Catholic Christians who request access to the Eucharst must have the same faith of the Catholic Church in this sacrament.”

Conceding that Protestants have debated with Catholics about the Eucharist, Cardinal Coccopalmerio argued that these debates are no longer an obstacle to sharing in the sacraments:

But the Catholic Church, especially since Second Vatican Council, has the full conviction that current non-Catholic Christians, if they do not profess the same truths as the Catholic Church, they do so without fault, are in good faith and are therefore in the grace of God.

In fact, the Italian cardinal argued:

Let us be clear: non-Catholic Christians have the spiritual need to receive the conferral of grace through the administration of the sacraments. They therefore have the spiritual need to receive the sacraments. We can also say that non-Catholic Christians have the right to receive the sacraments. And the Catholic Church has the duty to administer the sacraments to these Christians.

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One comment on “Vatican cardinal: allow Communion for Protestant spouse ‘every time’

  1. [Does Catholic World News read Gloria.TV‘s en.news, or is it a case of “great minds thinking along the same lines”?]

    Cardinal Coccopalmerio Has Excluded Himself From Catholic Church

    Pro-sodomite Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, 80, whose secretary was caught 2017 in a sodomite- and drug-party, supports intercommunion.

    Talking to Francis’ court journalist Andrea Tornielli on Vatican Insider (August 1), Coccopalmerio called a heretical document of the German bishops’ “allowing” Protestant Communion “important”, “very interesting” and “written with great care”.

    According to Cocopalmerio Protestants married to Catholics should receive Communion “every time” they attend Holy Mass in order not to “divide” the couple [although the couple does not mind not to share the same faith].

    For him it is “not a necessary condition” to believe in the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation in order to receive Holy Communion but it is “sufficient” to “believe” that the bread and wine consecrated in Holy Mass are the body and the blood of Jesus Christ.

    This heresy has been condemned by the Council of Trent, “lf anyone saith that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist; let him be anathema.” – Session XIII, Canon XI.

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