- Dec 10, 2019
Throughout Germany the new guidelines concerning Communion for Protestant spouses of Catholics have been causing some confusion.
The bishop of the Diocese of Essen, Germany, voiced support for allowing a Protestant married to a Catholic to receive Communion during his diocese’s annual Corpus Christi procession May 31.
Six German bishops will meet with officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to discuss German plans to allow greater access to the Eucharist for Protestants married to Catholics.
“Happy Easter and give a big applause” for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said at the audience before calling faithful to allow the fruits drawn from Mass to blossom in their everyday lives.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has reiterated that U.S. Senator Richard Durbin should not receive Holy Communion due to the Catholic lawmaker’s support for abortion, including a recent procedural vote against a bill that would bar abortion after 20 weeks into pregnancy.
The nationwide flu outbreak has prompted dioceses to take steps to suspend traditional rituals to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible.