THE CATHOLIC “SYNOD ON THE FAMILY” AND ITS AFTERMATH: is the Pope keeping the faith or diluting it?
The recent Synod on the Family left the impression of the Catholic Church being split over marriage, divorce and receiving of Holy Communion.
“Progressives” — hoping the Synod would recommend giving Communion to divorced-and-remarried persons — think it didn’t go far enough.
“Traditional” Catholics think it went too far, creating confusion about a key Sacrament — the Sacrament of Marriage.
The Synod’s final report said that divorced-and-remarried people “should not feel that they are excommunicated. On the contrary, it is necessary for them to be able to develop as living members of the Church.”
But everyone knows that “living” members in a state of un-repented mortal sin can’t be very pleasing to God.
One way around this could be the Pope creating a convenient loop-hole of very liberalised annulments – declaring unhappy marriages invalid despite their being entered into voluntarily and having been consummated.
Anyway the bishops didn’t vote to endorse such a move — which I think disappointed the Pope.
All Catholics ought to pray for the Pope — and those divorced-and-remarried attend Mass and, when others move forward to receive Communion, remain kneeling and say the Church’s approved prayer of “Spiritual Communion”.
It goes like this:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”