Wednesday, October 23, AD 2013
PopeWatch would suggest that a good rule to follow in regard to the pontificate is that the tea leaves may not be as easy to read as one would expect. For example, it has been widely thought that Pope Francis is interested in allowing divorced and remarried Catholics whose prior marriage has not been annulled by the Church to receive Communion. Based upon an article appearing today, that may not be the case. Father Z gives us the details:
In tomorrow’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano there is a long essay (4000+ words) by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbp. Müller, on the hotly-debate issue of Communion for the divorced and remarried. (I haven’t checked it against the Italian yet.)
I mentioned that I had been hearing rumblings about a piece in L’O for a little while. This seems to be it.
Müller opposes the various solutions that have been presented for the divorced and remarried. This is not to say that the Prefect believes it impossible for the Church ultimately to find a solution to the dilemma. Rejecting some proposed solutions is different from rejecting any possible solution. (Please, those of you in Columbia Heights, don’t freak out when you read that and dash about like Chicken Little. Theologians make distinctions. Rejection of proposed solutions could be part of a process.)
At the core of Müller’s piece there seems to be a dismantling of all the arguments that depend mostly on “mercy” without the concomitant dimension of justice, the Lord’s own teaching, etc.
This is going to be spun by the left as the Bad Guy’s attempt to stop Francis.
Müller won’t be presented as the voice of reason. No, he will be the Bad Guy.
Go here to read the rest. I find it impossible to believe that Archbishop Muller would have written this without the approval and support of Pope Francis. Go here to read an English translation of the article. This is being taken as a reaffirmation of traditional Catholic teaching regarding divorce and remarriage and reception of Communion. Those expecting revolutionary change from Pope Francis based upon his casual remarks, may, and that may is tentative, have been very mistaken. Go here to read Sandro Magister’s take on this.