In the four-page letter, the president of the German bishops’ conference told priests that there could be “no general, inter-denominational reception of the Eucharist” or “new forms of Eucharistic celebration.”
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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said in September that the proposal did not do justice to the Catholic understanding of the Church, the Eucharist, and Holy Orders.
The 57-page text advocated “reciprocal Eucharistic hospitality” between Catholics and Protestants, based on previous ecumenical agreements on the Eucharist and ministry.
Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer is one of the seven German bishops who opposed an orientation guide published by the German bishops’ conference that would permit Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion.
Speaking aboard the papal flight from Geneva to Rome June 21, the Pope told journalists that the Code of Canon Law leaves decisions about the criteria for intercommunion to diocesan bishops.
Along with upholding Church unity and affirming Church teaching, the Vatican decision also will benefit ecumenical dialogue, Catholic leaders affirm.
An interview with Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer on intercommunion between Protestants and Catholics.
Cardinal-elect Luis Ladaria said the Holy Father ‘came to the conclusion that the document is not mature enough to be published.’
Six German bishops and one priest will meet with Vatican officials, including the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, May 3.