Polish bishops warn that the praxis of annulment could lead to a divorce mentality.
Warsaw (kath.net) Holy Communion can not be given to divorced and remarried Catholics, "this is the unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church". Because "what God has joined together, let no man separate, teaches Christ (Mk 10.9)". This is what the Polish Catholic Bishops' Conference said in a press statement. "Marriage is a divine as well as both human reality that has been raised by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament." This is a matter of extreme importance because it concerns Catholic doctrine.
Catholics should be concerned that Catholic annulment praxis could lead to the "divorce mentality."
The bishops cited Pope Francis who had explained in the Angelus on 8/16/2015, the Eucharist "is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience, it is not a simple reminder of what Jesus did at the Last Supper". To be fed the living bread means rather, to enter into harmony with the heart of Christ, to accept his decisions, his thoughts, his behavior, kath.net reports.
In the survey before the Synod of Bishops, many Polish Catholics had emphasized the value of family. The Polish bishops expressly thanked "God for the fact that there are many healthy families in our country who show 'in good and bad days' fidelity to their vocation."
At the same time the Polish bishops have recalled that those whose families who are broken have need of pastoral care. Moreover, the bishops warned against infertility through artificial insemination that is not allowed Catholics and that stillborn children have the "full right to a Catholic funeral".
In their text, the Polish bishops did not address homosexuality and gender issues, which they had already taken a stand on several occasions according to the Catholic doctrine on this point.
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