Cardinal Pell, set my hair on fire!

From a great story from CNS:

“The sooner the wounded, the lukewarm, and the outsiders realize that substantial doctrinal and pastoral changes are impossible, the more the hostile disappointment (which must follow the reassertion of doctrine) will be anticipated and dissipated,” writes the cardinal, who will participate in the synod.

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“A courteous, informed and rigorous discussion, indeed debate, is needed, especially for the coming months to defend the Christian and Catholic tradition of monogamous, indissoluble marriage,” Cardinal Pell writes.

But focusing on the question of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, he suggests, is a “counterproductive and futile search for short-term consolations.”

“Healthy communities do not spend most of their energies on peripheral issues and, unfortunately, the number of divorced and remarried Catholics who feel they should be allowed to receive holy Communion is very small indeed,” the cardinal writes.

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2 Responses to Cardinal Pell, set my hair on fire!

  1. Richard Grand says:

    “unfortunately, the number of divorced and remarried Catholics who feel they should be allowed to receive holy Communion is very small indeed,” the cardinal writes.” I assume that he means that too many divorced and remarried Catholics aren’t concerned about receiving Communion. Or they just receive anyway.

  2. EPMS says:

    Why is it “unfortunate” that only a very small number of divorced and remarried Catholics feel they should be allowed to receive Communion? In the linked article, Cardinal Pell also opines that the pressure is coming from European countries where most divorced persons choose not to remarry. I’m confused.

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