Birger Menke spiegel.de "Robert Zollitsch, archbishop of Freiburg and chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, said remarried Catholics 'belong to the Church.' The archdiocese of Freiburg recently signalled a willingness to allow remarried divorcées to receive communion. While far from revolutionary, the move reflects a desire to change doctrine long considered out of touch with reality. It's not the first time a bold initiative has arisen in Freiburg. In a 1993 pastoral letter, church officials questioned the universal validity of the law of the Roman Catholic Church. The letter referred to the denial of the sacraments to congregants who have remarried after divorce. The authors wrote that church leadership should discuss 'whether that which applies as a general rule also pertains to the concrete circumstances.' Those who divorce after being married in the church, and then remarry, remain unequal members of the church. They are excluded from holding church office and are denied the sacraments, like baptism and communion -- though many priests already ignore these rules." to read more click here: spiegel.de
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