Divorce communion

Divorce communion - Daniel Hourihan Theology Reaction Paper...

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Daniel Hourihan Theology Reaction Paper Divorced-and-Remarried Toward the end of the twentieth century, the instance of a successful, permanent marriage was becoming more and more rare. In fact more than half of all marriages ended in divorce. Inevitably a number of Catholics would also fall into that majority of failed marriages. With this rise in divorced Catholics, a group of three German bishops sought to explain the Church’s stance on the receiving of communion by divorced and remarried Catholics. However, their pastoral proclamation would seem to contradict the longstanding teaching of the Gospel, prompting the Vatican to issue their own reply to the bishops’ interpretation of the topic. Following a series of interviews the German Bishops would make another statement regarding the issue shortly after the Vatican’s. The bishops open their pastoral letter with an attempt to explain the reasons for the rise of divorce and realize that many divorced and remarried couples probably feel somewhat discriminated against by the church’s lack of understanding for their position. They say that this rise of divorce and the alienation felt by many divorced and remarried couples brings to light an important question; how can the Church help and provide for them? After explaining why this issue must be addressed, the bishops review the current stance of the Church on the receiving of the Eucharist by the divorced and remarried. They cite the gospel passages in which Jesus directly refers to marriage, in which He denies the right for anyone to divorce their spouse and remarry another without committing adultery. While acknowledging Jesus’ word as truth and law, the bishops also make the point that “the church cannot shut its eyes to the failure of many marriages. For
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wherever people fall short the reality of redemption, Jesus meets them in mercy with understanding for their situation.” In light of this, the bishops try to offer how the church should approach many of its members who have divorced and remarried and make it clear that they will always belong to the church. He bishops encourage these couples to stay in touch with the church, to attend mass, pray regularly, and go to reconciliation. They even call the church to give such couples “special care because of their difficult situation.” The bishops cite Pope John Paul II who called for the church to “exercise careful discernment of situations” since not all divorces are so easily interpreted, for instance if one is abandoned as opposed to a marriage broken because of one’s own fault. These cases must be analyzed with the help of the parish priests as well as the congregation if the divorced and remarried couple is to carryon their lives in the church. From there, the bishops move on to address the specific question as to whether or
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2009 for the course ECN 1211 taught by Professor Maloney during the Spring '09 term at Fairleigh Dickinson.

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