Monday, August 18, 2008

A curious observation

I read in yesterday’s Sydney Catholic Weekly a report from Mr. John Thavis via C.N.S. on H.H. The Pope’s recent informal dialogue with some Priests while on His Holiness’ holidays. Here is the portion that I find curious:

The pope, in a moment of self-revelation that's become typical of these encounters, said he used to be more strict about administering the sacraments, but he's come to see that it's more important to be generous if it can encourage even a "glimmer" of faith.

The comment immediately prompted speculation that Pope Benedict might prove to be somewhat more lenient than expected on other sacramental issues, including the church's current policy of no Communion for Catholics who have divorced and remarried without an annulment.

‘Speculation’ among whom? Only the most theologically illiterate, one could only imagine. Inadequate preparation for the Sacraments is quite a different matter to the sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament while in a state of grave sin. The ‘divorced and remarried’ sin on at least three counts: going through a form of marriage while still validly married, living in sin with the new non-spouse, and the scandal that this ménage gives to others. These miscreants cannot receive the Blessed Sacrament without ‘heaping infidelity upon infidelity’, sin upon sin. May God avert it.

Reginaldvs Cantvar

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