Giving communion to divorcees ‘a threat to faith’
February 5, 2017 4 comments
Granting holy communion to Catholics who have undergone a civil divorce and begun new relationships would be “devastating” to the former partners, a religious academic has claimed.
Speaking to the religious website LifeSiteNews on condition of anonymity, the “Catholic academic psychologist” said these new relationships amounted to adultery and their former partners were effectively victims. The pain they would feel on seeing their former spouses receive the sacrament during mass could threaten their entire religious faith he claimed.
“This devastation is likely to corrode their respect for the Church much less their faith in God.”
The academic said he was concerned by the controversial papal document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) which called for greater acceptance of civilly divorced Catholics and which has attracted criticism from more conservative elements in the Church.
He insisted that Amoris Laetitia displayed a “lack of pastoral concern for the many people who are hurt and in other ways affected by divorce.”
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February 5, 2017