Canadian Archbishop: 'Amoris laetitia' does not change doctrine
Archbishop Prendergast joins the diocesan to follow the directives of the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A prerequisite for the communion reception of remarried divorced persons is abstinence.—http://www.kath.net/news/58765
For some, it seems that there are competing interpretations of the Church’s teachings on this difficult topic. Is it possible to authentically receive the Holy Father’s message while remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage and proper reverence for receiving the Holy Eucharist?
The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories prepared this helpful guideline [link to PDF] to provide guidance on this difficult pastoral situation. (Thanks be to God for the Bishops of AB and the NT!)
I endorse this document’s guidance on how to accompany families with compassion and care while also upholding the Church’s unchanging teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage and the Eucharist.
For those seeking easy answers to complex questions, this document, like Amoris Laetitia itself, will present a challenge. For Catholics looking to receive, appreciate and grow in their faith in their marriage and family life, however, it is a compassionate presentation of the truth and beauty of these sacraments and the joy and challenge of family life.
“Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.”