Pope Francis has declined to rule on the validity of a policy approved by the German bishops’ conference, which would allow non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive Communion.
The policy was approved by a majority of the German bishops, but a substantial minority objected, and seven German bishops wrote to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) asking for clarification on whether the policy was in line with Church teaching.
At a May 3 meeting at the Vatican, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, the prefect of the CDF, told a delegation of the German hierarchy that the Holy Father wished them to continue discussion of the issue among themselves, hoping for “a possibly unanimous arrangement.”
Hey, it’s a long, long-time settled matter, going back to St. Paul (that far enough for you?) in 1 Corinthians 11.27-29:
27Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.*
28A person should examine himself,* and so eat the bread and drink the cup.
29For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment* on himself.
So why is Francis acting as if it’s up for grabs? He’s willing to swing his weight in other matters, why not here? That is, he’s sure about other things, even declaring this or that “magisterial.” Not in this case?
via Catholic Culture