Cardinal Marx expressed sympathy for former members of the community, which was founded in 1948 with the intention of being, in its own words, “a place for an enlightened and unabridged Christianity.”
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The Sept. 19 meetings followed a public exchange between the German hierarchy and the Vatican over the draft statutes for a ‘Synodal Assembly.’
The letter followed a week of coverage concerning plans by the German bishops.
Nine German Catholics, including two prominent Jesuits, demand a break with Catholic teaching.
Along with upholding Church unity and affirming Church teaching, the Vatican decision also will benefit ecumenical dialogue, Catholic leaders affirm.
Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ proposal allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx says a new ‘guide’ allowing some Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion under certain circumstances is a ‘positive step;’ some theologians have strongly warned against such a move.
The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has declared that, in his view, Catholic priests can conduct such events for homosexuals.
Reliable sources tell the Register Council of Nine Cardinals made the pledge due to concerns about posters critical of the Holy Father appearing across Rome.