ROME (CNS): While the Catholic Church seeks better ways to reach out to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the fact that they may not receive Communion “is not disputed or disputable”, said Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo.
“They are in an objective situation that goes against the will of God and does not permit them to receive Communion,” said the cardinal, who is president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
In an October 27 interview with the Rome newspaper La Repubblica, Cardinal Lopez Trujillo said that while the October 2-23 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist recognised the “painful and dramatic situations” of Catholics barred from the Eucharist “no modification of this doctrine is possible”.
The Church’s teaching that the marriage bond is unbreakable is based on the words of Christ, and the Church has no authority to overturn that teaching, the cardinal said.
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, German Cardinal Walter Kasper, told reporters in Rome on October 24 that the synod discussions made it clear that “the problem of the divorced and remarried is very much a burning question”.