Commentary: “Failure to give German bishops proper directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church, points to a drift towards apostasy from the truth.” Cardinal Willem J. Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, issued this statement on May 7, 2018, addressing a situation among German Bishops and Pope Francis’ advice to the delegation.
To recap, in February 2018, the German bishops’ conference voted to produce guidelines by which a Non-Catholic (Christian) spouse of a Catholic may receive the Eucharist, “under certain conditions.” Several bishops objected to the guidelines. As a result, a delegation traveled to Rome last week seeking advice from the Roman Curia, including the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. At the conclusion of the Rome meetings, Pope Francis advised the delegation to continue working to “achieve a unanimous result.”
Stating that the Pope’s advice to the German Bishops was “completely incomprehensible,” Cardinal Eijk cited Canon Law and added: “The Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the administration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist to Protestants is perfectly clear.”
Please click here to review Cardinal Eijk’s blog as published in the National Catholic Register