Cardinal Burke said it is the historic teaching of the Church that those in a condition of grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion
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“Jesus cannot be treated like this,” says the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
These sisters bake altar bread — the Communion hosts that will be consecrated at Masses every day.
Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne and six other bishops have protested against the proposal, which was approved by the German bishops’ conference in February.
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments letter requests better oversight by bishops.
The guidelines are intended to direct ‘authentic and effective pastoral accompaniment’ of men and women who have divorced and remarried without a formal annulment of their first union, the bishops explained.
Analysis: The Pope himself has recently dropped a few hints as to where he stands on some major issues discussed at the previous synods in his new book-length interview with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli.
Speaking to reporters at the Vatican, the synod father from the U.S. appeared to indicate support for reception of Communion for homosexual couples.