DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     November 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 211

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VATICAN CONCERNS ON IMPROPER RECEPTION OF EUCHARIST

        VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Archbishop Julian Herranz, who heads the Vatican agency charged with the implementation of Canon Law, has indicated a growing concern with the improper reception of the Eucharist.

        Archbishop Herranz, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, said that the abuse of the Eucharist seems to be becoming more and more common among the world's Catholics. As evidence, he pointed to the sharp decline in the practice of sacramental Confession.

        The archbishop pointed out that anyone who is guilty of a grave sin "must be purified of that sin through the Sacrament of Reconciliation" before approaching the Eucharist. To receive the Eucharist without having obtained absolution, he said, would constitute a sacrilege and thus would compound the original sin.


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November 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 211
NEWS & VIEWS

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