- May 26, 2020
Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg voiced skepticism about a recent proposal by German theologians for Catholics and Protestants to reciprocally open access to Communion.
In the Pope Francis era, the most important doctrinal tussles in the Church seem to focus on the Eucharist.
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s recent comments on priestly celibacy are merely the latest chapter of his role as a protagonist in the Francis papacy.
Throughout Germany the new guidelines concerning Communion for Protestant spouses of Catholics have been causing some confusion.
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.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced that the German bishops’ conference will publish a pastoral handout for married couples that allows Protestant spouses of Catholics “in individual cases” and “under certain conditions” to receive Holy Communion, provided they “affirm the Catholic faith in the Eucharist.”