DAILY CATHOLIC FRI-SAT-SUN February 12-14, 1999 vol. 10, no. 30
NEWS & VIEWS
NEW ADVICE ON DIVORCED, REMARRIED CATHOLICS
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Vatican library has produced a new 130-page book which brings together a series of official Church statements on the status of Catholics who divorce and remarry.
The new volume--a project suggested by Pope John Paul II--includes only statements which have been previously published, but groups them under one heading in order to provide a single source of advice for priests working with divorced Catholics. The book was produced under the supervision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the prefect of that dicastery, wrote an introduction.
There are "certain ecclesial responsibilities" which Catholics who are
divorced and remarried cannot exercise, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote,
insofar as those activities require "a particular witness to Christian
life." Nevertheless, Catholics who are living in irregular unions should
be encouraged to participate in the life of the Church insofar as that
is possible, he added. "Members of the faithful who divorce and
remarry remain members of the People of God," the cardinal pointed
out. While they cannot properly receive Holy Communion, he
continued, "If they accept that situation with an interior conviction,
they can thus bear witness in their own way to the indissolubility of
marriage and their fidelity to the Church."
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