Sunday 15 March 2015

BREAKING: Polish Bishops Episcopal Conference Plenary Meeting issues Communique that rejects giving Holy Communion to divorced and "remarried"

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The Polish Bishops Episcopal Conference at their Annual Plenary Meeting (368) formally rejected the "Kasper proposal" of giving Holy Communion to Catholics who were sacramentally married, but who had entered into illicit and sinful second "unions". 

In formally stating their position, the Polish Bishops reject utterly the Adulterist Party of the scandalous and heretical mid-term relatio from last October, 2014, and come down on the side of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His doctrine of the indissolubility of holy matrimony. 

In doing so, the Bishops remain faithful to Familiaris Consortio which merely reiterated the unchanging and unchangeable truth about Christian marriage that no man, even if he be Pope can change. St. Pope John Paul II reiterated in an address to the Roman Rota that no Pope has the authority to change the doctrine of the Church. The Pope is the universal Pastor, who is solemnly bound under pain of grave sin to uphold the teachings of Christ's one and only Church. 

From the Polish Bishops' Communique: 

In view of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome, the bishops have undertaken a reflection on marriage and family. This reflection demonstrated the importance of the family from the perspective of philosophical, theological and legal issues.

Identified once again was the indispensable importance of the sacrament of marriage, and the family for the growth of Christian life within the Church.

Emphasized was the need to promote the pastoral care of families, to strengthen the faithful in understanding and the implementation of sacramental marriage, as understood as a sacred and indissoluble union between a woman and a man.

The teaching and the tradition of the Church shows that people living in non-sacramental union deprive themselves of the possibility of receiving Holy Communion.

Pastoral care must be provided for those living in such unions so that they may be able to keep the faith and continue in the community of the Church. Pastoral care of those in non-sacramental unions should also take account of children, who have the right to participate fully in the life and mission of the Church.

(translation: Barona) 

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