Vatican asks German bishops for agreement on Communion for non-Catholic spouses

Six German Cardinals, led by Reinhard Marx, held talks this past week with top Vatican Curial officials regarding the possibility of allowing non-Catholic Christian spouses to receive communion “under certain circumstances.” Cardinal Marx is President of the German Episcopal Conference.  The Vatican meeting was requested by a group of German bishops after a vote during their Bishops’ Conference to approve the proposal.

Following the conclusion of the two groups’ discussions, the Vatican issued a press release on May 3, 2018 stating that the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has asked the German prelates “to find, in a spirit of ecclesial communion, a possibly unanimous outcome.”

The press release did not indicate whether Archbishop Ladaria, (President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) or any Vatican official agreed or disagreed on the question of the authority of the German Bishops’ Conference to issue guidelines for non-Catholic spouses to receive the Eucharist at a Catholic Mass.

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