A Vatican dicastery has taken the unusual step of issuing a public denial that it is preparing a document on the reception of Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics.
The Pontifical Council for the Family issued an announcement on April 25 that "there is no basis to the news, circulated by some press agencies, that a document on distributing communion to remarried divorced persons is being prepared." Some reports, citing anonymous Vatican sources, had claimed that a document on that topic would soon be released.
Especially in Europe, liberal Catholics have argued strongly for a change in Church law, which bars Catholics who are divorced and remarried (without annulment of the earlier marriage) from receiving the Eucharist. Pope Benedict XVI called for new outreach to divorced and remarried Catholics, urging priests to include them in pastoral plans. Last October, the Synod of Bishops confirmed the need for pastoral care of Catholics living in irregular marital situations.
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“Remember then that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries.”
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Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. -- Redemptionis Sacramentum #92 ( March 2004)
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