Giving communion to divorcees ‘a threat to faith’

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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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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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LaVie - February 5, 2017 at 5:00pm

I’m sorry but I have to comment on this. What an utter load of tosh. IF the ‘wronged’ partner carries on their life in complete celibacy and considers themselves still married then there might be some glimmer of sense in this. But the very significant majority of partners who are left move on with their own lives, with new partners, and so in the eyes of the church must be equally guilty. The academic quoted in this article is helping to create weapons to beat leaving partners with in a completely hypocritical way.

Matt - February 7, 2017 at 4:11am

Agreed. This is a weak attempt at making the very situation that this thoughtful and pastoral apostolic exhortation is against – the limbo of suspending one’s life and growth in the grace of God on the whim of his/her divorced spouse – itself seem as if it is itself anything but demeaning and life-sapping.

Andrew - February 5, 2017 at 11:58pm

LaVie: some do and some don’t. Frank Sinatra’s first wife considered herself married to him until he died and never remarried. I am not a Catholic and cannot comment on the theological or pastoral side of this difficult question.

JamesB - February 7, 2017 at 12:57pm

The fathers and vicars should read the divorce petitions before giving communion? No. Judges and St Peter pass judgement, need to clean up the law and society instead to help people rather than blame them in difficult relationships.

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